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Rep. Niki Tsongas: Anthony Weiner Should Step Down

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Rep. Niki Tsongas (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Rep. Niki Tsongas (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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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.)

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