BOSTON (AP) – U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas is calling on U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner to step down after the New York Democrat admitted to sending a lewd photo of himself to a woman via Twitter.

The Massachusetts Democrat said through a spokeswoman on Wednesday that “it would be appropriate for Congressman Weiner to step down.”

Pennsylvania Rep. Allyson Schwartz became the first Democratic House colleague to call for Weiner’s resignation.

The seven-term New Yorker has made no comment since saying at a news conference on Monday that he was not resigning.

The 46-year-old lawmaker initially resorted to denials last week when asked about a lewd photo of himself that was sent to a woman via Twitter. He recanted at an extraordinary news conference on Monday during which he apologized for his actions but said he was not resigning.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. Ellen says:

    It’s up to the voters of New York if they want Weiner in office or not. Up to them, not any politician out there whether Republican or Democrat.

    1. k says:

      Like how it was up to the voters to keep Clinton in office when he was getting bj’s in the Oval Office by an intern you mean ?

    2. bobby53542 says:

      Did u see…Anthony weiner twiiter shared images….Anthony Weiner Tweet Account, Facebook Account, email adress and all Anthony Weiner websites

  2. massman says:

    First, I will preface my comment by saying, I personally am a big supporter of Weiner’s politics. I also, initially, thought he should resign. But I’ve changed my mind. Mr. Weiner represents the voters of New York’s 9th congressional district. Those voters support this man’s politics. They have numerous times. They have the opportunity to initiate a recall, or they can just not vote for him in the next election. What he did was horrible as a person, but as of yet, not a crime. But he’s paid to be a legislator. There’s been quite a bit of voter remorse since the November mid-terms. And that is because of how these elected officials are performing their jobs, not their personal lives.If this is a democracy, then let the voters decide. Not his colleagues and his critics, but his constituents.

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