The head of the Republican National Committee and his New York counterpart joined the increasing chorus of voices on both sides of the aisle pressuring Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign in the firestorm over his sexting scandal and his admission that he lied to cover it up.
The Democratic New York congressman, who stonewalled for more than a week after the scandal broke before admitting Monday that he sent six women lewd photos and messages over the Internet, has said he hasn't done anything illegal, and vowed that he won’t quit.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement today saying, “Congressman Weiner's actions and deception are unacceptable, and he should resign. We do not need an investigation to know he lied and acted inappropriately. We need a resignation. Either Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz believe members of Congress are held to a different set of standards or they believe these actions demand his resignation.”
Similarly, New York State Republican Party Chairman Edward F. Cox today reiterated his call for Weiner to quit.
"During his press conference yesterday, even while apologizing for not telling the truth, the congressman evaded a question about his use of government resources to conduct these inappropriate personal activities,” Cox said in a new statement today. “Now, reports today confirm that Weiner did in fact use his government office, staff and related resources to have encounters of a sexual nature and cover up his activities.
“It is clear that Congressman Weiner has not acted as required by House Rules — ‘in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.’ Congressman Weiner should spare our government and the American people the high costs and distraction of further investigation in this matter. He should step down forthwith."
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