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WASHINGTON — Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner says he will seek professional help and take a temporary leave of absence from Congress.
Earlier, the Democratic Party hierarchy demanded on Saturday that Weiner resign from the House of Representatives for sending online material ranging from sexually suggestive to explicit to several women.
"This sordid affair has become an unacceptable distraction for Representative Weiner, his family, his constituents and the House," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said in a written statement calling for the New York lawmaker to quit.
The House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, said Weiner "has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents and the recognition that he needs help. I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a member of Congress."
Weiner had no immediate reaction.
Before Saturday afternoon's developments, Weiner told reporters in his neighbourhood that "I have to redeem myself and I am going to try to get back to work."
Weiner said his conduct involved "personal failings" and that he would try not to let them get in the way of his "professional work."
Wasserman Schultz, Pelosi and others party leaders made their demands one day after Weiner acknowledged that he had exchanged online messages with a Delaware teenager. He said the exchanges involved nothing inappropriate.
His party's leadership had refrained from demanding a resignation for days after Weiner admitted sending lewd photos and messages and at least one X-rated picture to a handful of women around the country over the past three years and then lying about it.
Weiner is married to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Abedin is pregnant with the couple's first child. She is travelling with Clinton in Africa until the middle of next week.
A recent poll of registered voters in Weiner's New York City district found that 56 per cent said he should stay in office while 33 per cent said he should leave.
Pelosi has asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate whether Weiner used any government resources. He has said he does not believe he did.
Before Saturday's developments, at least nine House members and three senators had said Weiner should resign.
He has repeatedly said he would not.
Weiner said earlier Saturday that his wife "is doing well" and that she "is a remarkable woman who is working very hard."
Weiner's pulling out -- for a little while, at least.
Serial-sexting Congressman Anthony Weiner headed off to rehab and will seek a leave of absence, as Nancy Pelosi and other Dems demanded he quit following his admission to sending private Twitter messages to a 17-year-old girl.
Weiner's office said the randy rep left this morning for "professional treatment," and will take a leave of absence from the House as he tries to become a better family man.
Originally posted by buni11687
What really gets me is that he lied about this for about 10 days straight. I believe he needs help on the lieing part more than he does on those "pictures" part.
He's the kind of guy I thought would say somethign like. "Yea thats me, so what? What I did isnt illegal, so get ready for some more pictures."
edit on 11-6-2011 by buni11687 because: (no reason given)
Pseudologia fantastica, mythomania, or pathological lying is one of several terms applied by psychiatrists to the behavior of habitual or compulsive lying. It was described first in medical literature during 1891 by Anton Delbrueck. Although it is a controversial topic, one definition of pathological lying is the following: "Pathological lying is falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime."
Originally posted by inforeal
What might make him subject to therapy is the fact that he thought he could get away with what he did in today’s world. Here he is a sitting well known congressmen sending pictures of his organs to strange woman, and he thinks that that will not be exposed!
Didn’t he realize that those women could blackmail him? Or expose him for any reason, possibly even because they have moral qualms of what he is doing.
Or that what he was doing could be found out by others [what actually did happen] and therefore expose him?
Weiner is either stupid or arrogant or a combination of both