In the continuing congressional sexting scandal, additional awkward pictures of New York Rep. Anthony Weiner leaked out over the weekend—this time half naked and reportedly in the private House members’ gym. Weiner appears to be trying to go the way of Republican Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, who survived a prostitution scandal and then got re-elected. And Weiner has gotten hopeful, if mixed, reactions from his constituents: An NY1-Marist College Institute for Public Opinion poll last week showed 56 percent of registered voters in New York's 9th Congressional District do not think their congressman should resign. A third of his constituents believe he should. [Vote now: Should Weiner resign over lewd photos?]
Despite calls from Democratic Party leaders—including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and party chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz—for his resignation (though fellow embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel is on his side), Weiner says he is taking a leave of absence to enter a psychological treatment clinic “to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person,” his spokesman said.
But is rehab just delaying the inevitable, or will the lying low help Weiner weather this storm? Speculation is already buzzing over whether or not Weiner will ever return from this leave of absence.
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