Wasserman Schultz, Pelosi call on Weiner to resign

Steven Nelson Associate Editor
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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement Saturday calling on New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign.

“It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign,” Wasserman Schultz wrote. “The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner’s continued service in Congress is untenable.”

The statement continued, “This sordid affair has become an unacceptable distraction for Representative Weiner, his family, his constituents and the House – and for the good of all, he should step aside and address those things that should be most important – his and his family’s well-being.”

The statement comes one day after revelations that Weiner had been in contact with a Delaware high school student. Wasserman Schultz, a colleague of Weiner’s in the House, had previously declined to call for his resignation.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also announced Saturday that she was calling on Weiner to resign.

“Congressman Weiner has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents, and the recognition that he needs help,” Pelosi said in a statement. “I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a Member of Congress.”

Last week former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, who is currently running for Senate in Virginia, became one of the first prominent Democrats to call for Weiner’s resignation. “Lying publicly about something like this is unforgivable and he should resign,” Kaine said after Weiner admitted to lying about sending a lewd photo from his Twitter account.