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Dem Leaders: Weiner Must Go

House Democratic leaders are calling for Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D., N.Y.) resignation in the wake of revelations that he had online contact with a 17-year-old girl. From Politico:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the party’s top campaign chiefs — Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) — called on Weiner to resign in statements released within minutes of each other.

Pelosi’s take is particularly Baldwinesque:

“Congressman Weiner has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents, and the recognition that he needs help,” Pelosi said Saturday. “I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a Member of Congress.”

Others were more blunt:

“Anthony’s inappropriate behavior has become an insurmountable distraction to the House and our work for the American people. With a heavy heart, I call on Anthony to resign,” Israel said.

Calling the scandal a “sordid affair,” Wasserman Schultz, who is a surrogate for President Barack Obama in her role as DNC chairman, said “the behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner’s continued service in Congress is untenable.”

Your move, Weiner.

UPDATE: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.) joins the crowd.

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...