Democratic leaders in the House are calling for Rep. Anthony Weiner to step down Saturday after he admitted he exchanged online messages with a Delaware teenager in the latest development to a sex scandal that has dominated the news for days.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California said Weiner has the “recognition that he needs help.”
“I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a Member of Congress,” she said in a statement.
National party chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Weiner’s behavior is “indefensible” and his role in Congress is “untenable.”
The Florida congresswoman said “this sordid affair has become an unacceptable distraction” for everyone.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel said Weiner’s “inappropriate behavior has become an insurmountable distraction to the House and our work for the American people.”
“With a heavy heart, I call on Anthony to resign,” he said.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said Weiner’s “repeated violation of the public trust is unacceptable.”
“He can best advance the issues he fought for by resigning immediately,” he said.
The demands from the Democratic Party hierarchy came one day after Weiner acknowledged that he had exchanged online messages with a Delaware teenager. He said the exchanges involved nothing inappropriate.
Who has ever heard of the garbage that it takes professional “treatment” to be faithful to your spouse?? This reminds me of an absolutely ridiculous comment made by adulteress LeAnn Rimes recently:
Almost three years after breaking up two marriages, country singer LeAnn Rimes admits that she “didn’t do it the right way.”
The Grammy-winner discussed the end of her seven-year marriage to husband Dean Sheremet and her affair with now-fiance Eddie Cibrian, on an upcoming special on the Great American Country channel, “Backstory: LeAnn Rimes.”
“It got really messy, but I have learned a lot from that,” explains Rimes about hooking up with Cibrian, who ended his eight-year marriage to Brandi Glanville to be with Rimes. “And I’m not glad it happened, but I know why it did.”
Rimes said she feels that she never learned the proper way to end a marriage.
“I didn’t have the tools to know how to do it the right way, how to let go the right way,” says Rimes. “I’d never been taught that.”
So … you have to be “taught” that it’s shamelessly irresponsible to cheat on your husband with another man – who also happens to be married? Am I living in an alternate universe here? Sigh …
Update – 4:10 PM: Guess what Weiner happened to say this past Monday on the issue of “treatment”?:
Q: Will you seek professional help?
REP. WEINER: I have not — you know, I’m going to try to handle this, and I haven’t ruled out perhaps seeing someone. But I’m not blaming anyone. This is not something that can be treated away; this is my own personal mistake. This is not something — this is a weakness, a deep weakness, that I have demonstrated, and for that I apologize.
My, how a few days worth of media and political scrutiny change things.
Via Weigel at Slate.