The political career of embattled Rep. Anthony D. Weiner appeared more tenuous Wednesday, as several fellow Democrats called on the New Yorker to resign after he admitted sending a lewd photo to a college student.....“Having the respect of your constituents is fundamental for a member of Congress,” said Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania, a top official with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the fundraising arm of House Democrats.
“In light of Anthony Weiner’s offensive behavior online, he should resign.”
Mrs. Schwartz’s comments are particularly noteworthy because she heads up candidate recruiting and candidate services for the 2012 congressional elections.
Sen. Mark L. Pryor, Arkansas Democrat, when asked during a conference call with reporters whether Mr. Weiner should resign, responded that “it would be fine with me if he did.”
.....“Ultimately, that’s up to him and his constituents and his family, but I think at this point it would probably be a good thing if he would go ahead and resign,” Mr. Pryor said.
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, also said he thinks a resignation by Mr. Weiner would be in the best interests of his constituents and the House.
Other congressional Democrats, including Reps. Larry Kissell of North Carolina, Mike Ross of Arkansas and Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts have called on Mr. Weiner to resign.....Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine a day earlier told a CBS affiliate that Mr. Weiner should step down