Weiner Planning to Check into Treatment Amid Calls For Resignation, Report Says
By Tom Liddy
DNAinfo News Editor
MANHATTAN - Embattled Congressman Anthony Weiner is planning to check himself into a treatment facility and take a leave from the House in the wake of a sexting scandal that has rocked his career, according to a report Saturday.
Two officials told the New York Times that the randy rep, who is fighting for his political life after posting racy pictures of himself on Twitter and then lying about it, is planning to go to rehab.
The details were not immediately clear.
Weiner also plans to take a leave from the House, the paper reported.
"Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person,"said spokeswoman Risa Heller. “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.
"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."
The move comes amid the strongest call yet for Weiner to resign - with Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking for him to step down.
"Congressman Weiner has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents, and the recognition that he needs help," Pelosi said, according to the Times. "I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a member of Congress."
Joining Pelosi's call were Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Steve Israel of New York, the paper said.
The move to seek treatment also comes after it was revealed that Weiner exchanged Twitter messages with a 17-year-old Delaware girl.
The girl and the married congressman, whose wife, Huma Abedin, is pregnant, insisted that the exchange was G-rated.
Weiner, who represents Brooklyn and Queens, has so far refused calls to step down.