Rep Weiner Scandal: Calls For Ouster Heighten As Alleged New Photo Emerges

An increasing number of his fellow Democrats have been calling for his ouster.

June 9, 2011, 3:58 AM

June 9, 2011— -- As an increasing number of his fellow Democrats have been calling for his ouster, Rep. Anthony Weiner is dealing with the aftermath of his online sexting scandal, including news that an alleged nude photo of the Democratic congressman has hit the Internet. Meanwhile, the public learned that Weiner's wife is three months pregnant with their first child.

The alleged nude image of Weiner emerged after conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart appeared on the Sirius XM program "The Opie and Anthony Show," where he claimed on air that he had a nude picture of the congressman on his mobile phone. Breitbart said that Weiner has sent the image to one of the women that he corresponded with online.

Weiner confessed Monday to lying about sending a photo of his crotch via Twitter to 21-year-old Seattle college student Gennette Cordova and five other women over the past three years. He also has admitted that he sent explicit photos over the Internet.

So far the only confirmed photos that have emerged from the scandal of the 46-year-old congressman show him clothed or shirtless.

The website Gawker eventually posted the image from Breitbart's phone Wednesday. ABC News has not independently confirmed that the photo in question is of Rep Weiner.

Reports emerged Wednesday that Weiner's wife of 11 months, Huma Abedin, is in the early stages of her first pregnancy.

Though Abedin, 35, is reportedly devastated by her husband's admission of risque online chats and photo swaps with other women, she's reportedly told friends she is still committed to the marriage and wants to help Weiner salvage his political career.

Friends say that Abedin, who is a top aide to Hillary Clinton, did know that Weiner had a "problem" before their marriage, but he promised he was past that.

Abedin, say friends and colleagues, still believes she can salvage his political career and wants to help him do that. She has been leaning on and getting advice from her boss, Hillary Clinton, and her sister, say friends.

Abedin left Wednesday night for the Middle East with Clinton and has been by her side constantly. Efforts by ABC News to reach her for comment have been unsuccessful.

But while she has been away, a growing number of Weiner's colleagues in the Democratic Party have said that he should step down.

After Virginia Governor Tim Kaine called for Weiner to resign on Tuesday, other high profile Democrats have joined in the chorus, including Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Penn), the top-ranked House Democrat to publically call on Weiner to resign, Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.), Mike Ross (D-Ark.), Larry Kissell (D-N.C.) and Michael Michaud (D-Maine).

"Having the respect of your constituents is fundamental for a Member of Congress," Schwartz said in a statement. "In light of Anthony Weiner's offensive behavior online, he should resign."

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., became the first Democratic senators to call for Weiner's resignation.

Democratic Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas also said today that it would be a "good thing" if Weiner resigns.

"It would be fine with me if he did," Pryor said Wednesday. "I mean, ultimately that's up to him and his constituents and his family, but I think at this point it would probably be a good thing if he would go ahead and resign."

Meanwhile, top House Democratic leaders are keeping silent on the issue, as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's has requested an ethics investigation into the scandal.

Aside from briefly reiterating to reporters Tuesday evening that he will not be resigning, Weiner has not made any public comments since his press conference on Monday. According to the Associated Press, he has contacted fellow House members and former President Bill Clinton, who officiated at the congressman's wedding to Abedin nearly a year ago.

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