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Jun112011

Pelosi Calls on Weiner to Step Down

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Anthony Weiner continues to be caught in a political downpour following his admission that he engaged in inappropriate electronic relationships with several women over a three year period.

On Saturday Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement calling on Congressman Weiner to step down from office.

“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.”

Weiner has asked for a leave of absence from the House of Representatives to seek professional treatment.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz also joined in urging Weiner to resign, saying that the congressman’s behavior was indefensible and his continued service in Congress is untenable.

“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,” Schultz said in a statement.

Steve Israel, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), on Saturday said Weiner’s behavior was an "insurmountable distraction to the House," and a distraction from the work for the American people.

"With a heavy heart, I call on Anthony to resign," Israel said in a statement.

"I pray for his family and hope that Anthony will take time to get the help he needs without the distractions and added pressures of Washington, DC," said the DCCC chairman.

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