Rep. Anthony Weiner’s grip on his House seat grew far more tenuous Wednesday as he was hit with the release of another graphic picture purported to be of his genitals, the public revelation that his wife is pregnant and a flood of calls from prominent Democrats for him to resign.
Two former Democratic National Committee chairmen, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and former Virginia governor and current Senate candidate Tim Kaine, have called on Weiner to tender his resignation, as has Rep. Allyson Schwartz, the Pennsylvania Democrat who runs the recruitment and candidate-services operations for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
“I think this picture puts it over the limit, and I think he has no choice but to resign,” Rendell told Chris Matthews on “Hardball” Wednesday evening. “What I think Anthony Weiner should do is, he still has a lot to offer, he should resign, he should get treatment, and I mean real treament, maybe inpatient treatment, and if he can rehabiliate himself, can he someday down the road in New York run for office? Maybe, maybe. But he’s got to resign. He owes it to the party, he owes it to Congress, and he owes it to the issues he fought for.”
The numbers kept piling up: In addition to the two former DNC chairmen, six House Democrats and two Democratic senators had called for his resignation by Wednesday evening. Democratic sources told POLITICO that members of Weiner’s staff were looking into new job opportunities
. Some New York Democrats are starting to float the names of potential Weiner successors. Had the House been in session, the dam could have given way completely