WASHINGTON - (AP) - Rep. Anthony Weiner is asking for a temporaryleave of absence from the House while he seeks professionaltreatment in the wake of his Twitter scandal.

A spokeswoman for the New York Democrat says he has left forprofessional treatment and will focus on "becoming a betterhusband and healthier person."

Spokeswoman Risa Heller says Weiner wants the leave of absenceso he can be evaluated and work out a course of treatment.

The statement doesn't say what Weiner would be treated for.

Just before the statement, leading Democrats demanded thatWeiner step down.