Weiner Seeks Treatment

Still fighting calls for his resignation following a Twitter sex scandal, Rep. Anthony Weiner has filed a leave of absence from Congress to seek treatment, the New York congressman’s spokeswoman said on Saturday.

In a statement released by his office, Weiner’s spokeswoman said the Democratic lawmaker “departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person.” The 46-year-old lawmaker’s decision to seek treatment comes amid growing calls from his fellow Democrats that he quits in light of his admission that he sent lewd photographs of himself to a female Twitter follower. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Rep. Steve Israel are just some of the Democratic leaders who want Weiner out.

“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’s spokeswoman said. The statement also comes as police are reportedly investigating whether Weiner had been communicating with an underage female friend.