On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Representative Allyson Schwartz became the first Democrat in Congress to call for Brooklyn-Queens Congressman Anthony Weiner to step down, as the fallout from his Twitter scandal continued.
Schwartz said in a statement, "Having the respect of your constituents is fundamental for a member of Congress. In light of Anthony Weiner's offensive behavior online, he should resign."
Most Democratic leaders were choosing not to discuss the 46-year-old congressman's admission to trading sexually explicit messages and photos online with "about six" women over three years and then lying about it.
In a televised interview Wednesday, former Democratic National Committee chairman and current Virginia Senate candidate Tim Kaine said that lying was "unforgivable" and that Weiner should step down.
Speaking to reporters outside his Queens home Tuesday, Weiner said he will not heed calls to resign his position.
All this comes as the news emerged Wednesday that Weiner is an expectant father.
Sources tell NY1 that Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, a 35-year-old longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is in the early stages of pregnancy. The pair married less than a year ago.
She was not by his side during Monday's news conference, but Weiner said then that his wife does not intend to leave him.
Earlier Wednesday, an X-rated image reputed to be a photograph of Weiner that conservative journalist Anthony Breitbart had in his possession was posted to Twitter by Anthony Cumina of Sirius XM's Opie and Anthony show after Breitbart appeared on the show Wednesday morning.
When asked about the photo, a spokesperson for Weiner said, "As Representative Weiner said on Monday when he took responsibility for his actions, he has sent explicit photos. To reiterate, he has never met any of these women or had physical contact with them. As he said, he deeply regrets the pain he has caused. With the full support of his wife, he is working on righting these wrongs with his family and his colleagues.”
At least one other website has published sexually-charged messages purportedly exchanged between Weiner and a female Facebook user.
Locally, the reaction to Weiner among Democratic lawmakers was guardedly supportive.
"This has been obviously, as you can see today, distractive to all of us. A distraction to not only our work, but the efforts to lead our communities," said Congressman and Queens Democratic Party Chair Joseph Crowley. "Ultimately, he was elected and ultimately it'll be up to the constituency he represents to determine the outcome of the congressman as we all are subject to the way of our constituents."
"The Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, has requested the ethics committee to conduct an investigation," said Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. "So let's allow for that process to move forward and see what it yields. We don't know if he broke the law and the rules. So let's wait and then, if anything, he will have to answer to the voters."
A slim majority of New Yorkers say Congressman Weiner should stay in office, but most also think he should scrap his plans to run for mayor.
View the full results of the poll.
According to a NY1/Marist poll, 51 percent of city voters say Weiner should not resign: Only 30 percent say he should quit.
However, 56 percent of those polled say he should not run for City Hall.
Weiner was thought to be a front runner for mayor before the scandal broke.
Of the 500 voters surveyed, 61 percent say Weiner's behavior was unethical, but not illegal.
Only Brooklyn Borough Marty Markowitz shared kind words for Weiner with NY1 on Wednesday, but he also expressed some relief that he was not in the same predicament.
"I am so happy I am 66, that's all I can tell you," quipped Markowitz. "Whatever nonsense I had was beaten out of me decades ago."
Voters in Weiner's district in Queens said on Wednesday they felt bad for the congressman's pregnant wife and that he should resign.
"It's time to step down, time for her to come home. He should retire, go away, have a life," said a local.
"I think he's already embarrassed himself enough. Makes this area look really bad to have somebody like that in office for anything," said another.
"I voted for him, but now I kind of regret that," said a third.
"I feel bad for the wife, for the long term, and I also feel bad for the children," said a fourth.
Voters also said it would have been better if Weiner had been honest from the start, rather than trying to cover up the scandal.
Meanwhile, Weiner's problems have left a possible big opening for Democrats who would like to be mayor, and actor Alec Baldwin may jump into the mayoral race.
Following reports that the actor is interested in running for mayor, a spokesman said he "wouldn't rule it out."
Baldwin tweeted, "It's a long way till November of 2013."
The Emmy-winning actor announced recently that he would leave "30 Rock" in 2012 when his contract ends.