ABC News' Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:
Amid mounting pressure for Congressman Weiner to resign in light of the sexting scandal, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., today would not call for the resignation of his friend Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.,. but said the situation is “distressing” and “saddening.”
“Those of us who have been friends of Anthony Weiner for a very long time feel his wrongful behavior is distressing, it’s saddening it’s heartbreaking,” Schumer said at a press conference this afternoon. “Now it’s clear he needs professional help, that’s what he sought.”
Schumer on Saturday had issued a paper statement much to the same effect, but this is the first time the New York Senator has been on camera after he was remarkably camera-shy while this sexing scandal was breaking over the last few weeks.
The two men are friends – Weiner worked for Schumer for many years when the now Senator was a New York Congressman.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was asked why he has not called for Weiner’s resignation, amid many calls from Democratic leaders for Weiner to go.
“I’ve said enough about that,” Reid said and referenced his statement made last Tuesday when he said he wish he could defend Weiner, but cannot.