NY constituents rally, call on Weiner to quit

NEW YORK - (AP) - Foes and supporters of embattled Rep. AnthonyWeiner yelled at each other in front of the New York Democrat'sdistrict office on Sunday as congressional leaders called on Weinerto resign because of his sexting scandal.

"He's not fit to be our congressman," said Jim Scott, 61, oneof about two dozen constituents who rallied in front of Weiner'soffice in the Kew Gardens section of Queens. "People are sick ofhim, especially his attitude."

Weiner said Saturday that instead of resigning over the scandal,he was seeking professional treatment and asking for a leave ofabsence from Congress.

Scott held a sign that said: "Weiner must resign today, today!Rehab tomorrow."

Jane Deacy, 60, a Republican district leader, called Weiner anembarrassment. "This is a sideshow," she said.

Half a dozen Weiner supporters gathered a few yards away.

James Sideris held up a sign saying, "Weiner Should Not Quit!"He quickly got into a shouting match with Weiner opponents.

College student Olivia Lurrie, 18, said Weiner was a good leaderwho made a mistake. She argued with Len Santoro, a 40-year-oldinformation technology worker who said it was impossible for anyoneto take the congressman seriously now.

"It doesn't matter if I agree with him on the issues," Santorosaid. "He can't lead."

Weiner admitted last week that he has had sexually explicitcommunications with as many as six women via social networkingsites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The second-ranking House Democrat joined the party leadershipSunday in urging Weiner to quit over the scandal.

Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland spoke of Weiner's "bizarre andunacceptable behavior" in texting inappropriate pictures ofhimself to young women. Hoyer said it would be "extraordinarilydifficult" for Weiner to continue to represent his constituentseffectively.

Weiner's Ninth Congressional District spans parts of Brooklynand Queens.

Rep. Weiner seeks leave of absence from HousePoll: Weiner's constituents don't want resignation

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