U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who has been under fire after admitting to inappropriate communications with women online, has decided to seek treatment "to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person," his spokeswoman said Saturday.Honestly, I don't blame Weiner for not resigning esp. when you got David Vitter still out there, Weiner (so far) hasn't broken any laws and at the end of the day it should be left up his constituents to decide his fate. Bill Clinton got impeached, and rightfully so, because he lied under oath, not because he was morally corrupt. Anthony Weiner is a far-Left loon, so no one should be surprised by this drama because liberals don't have values to begin. But considering how much being a politician means to Weiner, no surprise here that he decides to lay low and hope this scandal either plays itself out or gets put to the background once the next scandal arrives. Then too, the only reason Pelosi and Co. are coming out talking for Weiner to resign is because they know how much this whole sex scandal hurts a party most Americans just don't have that much faith in anymore.
While the New York congressman seeks treatment at an undisclosed location, he will take a "short leave of absence" from Congress, Risa Heller said in a statement.
A Democratic source, familiar with conversations among Weiner and Democratic leadership about his fate, did not know what specific type of treatment Weiner would undergo.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called for Weiner to step down in separate statements earlier Saturday.
The congressman has resisted calls to resign.
"Congressman 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," Pelosi said.
DCCC Chair Steve Israel also wished Weiner well in his personal life, but said that the scandal has "become an insurmountable distraction" to the House.
"The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner's continued service in Congress is untenable," DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said, also calling it a distraction.
According to the Democratic source, leaders decided it was time to tell Weiner to resign because they "don't want to go into a third week with a story that brings disgrace on the House and not talk about our agenda."
This same source said Weiner responded that he doesn't want to make a decision until his wife, Huma Abedin, returns from a trip. Abedin, a senior aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is traveling with her in Africa and is scheduled to return early Thursday.
"Congressman Weiner takes the views of his colleagues very seriously and has determined that he needs this time to get healthy and make the best decision possible for himself, his family and his constituents," Heller said.
The statements come as Delaware authorities are investigating contact between a local teen and Weiner.
"Detectives were made aware of alleged contact between Congressman Anthony Weiner and an area teen," New Castle County Police said in a statement. "Detectives have conducted an interview with the teen and she has made no disclosure of criminal activity nor inappropriate contact by the congressman."
Weiner's spokeswoman said the interaction with the Delaware teen was not inappropriate.
"According to Congressman Weiner, his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent," Heller said.