Steny Hoyer joins push to force Weiner out

June 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer Sunday joined fellow Democrats pressing Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., to resign for his "bizarre behavior."

Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," Hoyer, D-Md., said: "Forcing him out will require a process. But this is bizarre, unacceptable behavior."

Echoing Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Hoyer said, "I don't see how he can proceed and effectively represent his constituency."

More photos that Weiner took of himself wearing only a towel in the House gym surfaced Sunday, Politico reported. The congressman says he will take a leave of absence but won't quit.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the Budget Committee, joining Hoyer on "Face the Nation," said: "This is getting beyond ridiculous. ... We have got to get this behind us because it's a distraction. And so, yes, he should resign."

Hoyer said "a judicial process through the Ethics Committee [is] going to take time.

"I really don't know that we have that time. And I would hope that Mr. Weiner would use this opportunity to reflect upon whether or not he can effectively proceed. I don't see how he can, and I hope he would make that judgment."

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