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White House: Anthony Weiner a 'Distraction' to Obama's Agenda

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The scandal involving New York Democrat Anthony Weiner is a "distraction" from the president's agenda, the White House said Monday, but spokesman Jay Carney did not indicate whether the administration would like to see the congressman step down.

"We think this is a distraction obviously from the important business the president needs to -- the Congress needs to do," Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to North Carolina, where President Obama was to deliver a speech on job creation. "Beyond that I don’t have any comment."

Weiner has requested a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives and his office says he is seeking treatment for a condition that has not been specified.

Weiner, who is married and whose wife is pregnant with the couple's first child, has admitted to having inappropriate electronic relationships with several women over a three-year period.

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