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Fellow Democrat: Weiner might resign

By the CNN Wire staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Frank, citing his own scandal, says he won't set himself up as "judge"
  • New York lawmaker does not make clear where she is "hearing" Weiner may resign
  • Boehner says Weiner should step down
  • Representative admitted sending lewd messages to women

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Washington (CNN) -- Rep. Anthony Weiner might resign "in a couple of days," one of his fellow Democratic lawmakers from New York said Tuesday.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy did not make clear what the source of that information was. But, in response to a question about whether Congress can get on with business if Weiner stays in office, she responded, "We're going to find out. Hopefully. We're hearing that he might resign in a couple of days."

She did not call on him to quit, saying "it's going to be up to him." And McCarthy said Weiner should not be stripped of his committee positions, because "that's not fair to his constituents."

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, said that, "If it were me, I would resign," but that this decision is up to Weiner and his constituents.

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, declined to echo that call, citing his own scandal from the 1980s involving his relationship with a male prostitute who then used Frank's apartment to carry out his business. "It's time for me to show a bit of a humility" and not "set myself up as the judge of others," he said.

House Speaker John Boehner, meanwhile, added his voice Tuesday to the growing calls for Weiner to resign in the wake of his "sexting" scandal.

When asked by a reporter whether Weiner should step down, Boehner, R-Ohio, responded "yes." He did not elaborate.

Numerous lawmakers including some top Democrats have called on Weiner, D-New York, to give up his post since the married New York congressman admitted to sending lewd messages and photos to women in the past three years.

The calls have come from as high as the president.

"If it was me, I would resign," President Obama told NBC. He added that "when you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can't serve as effectively as you need to at the time when people are worrying about jobs and their mortgages and paying the bills, then you should probably step back."

Weiner announced Saturday that he is seeking treatment and requested a "short leave of absence" from Congress.