Anthony Weiner Requests Leave of Absence As More Call for Resignation

The sexting congressman says he wants to seek professional treatment

Rep. Anthony Weiner is requesting a leave absence from his congressional duties as he seeks professional treatment "to make himself well," his spokeswoman said today.

Weiner's announcement came as one after another, top Democrats — including House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and the chairs of both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Nation Committee — came out with calls for his resignation.

"Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person. In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well," Weiner spokeswoman Risa Heller said in a statement released this afternoon.

Many Democratic party leaders on Saturday joined growing calls for Weiner to resign, including DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and DCCC Chair Steve Israel. 

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