Updated 06/12/2011 06:25 PM
Queens Voters Rally For, Against Weiner's Resignation
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Voters demonstrated Sunday by the office of Representative Anthony Weiner in Forest Hills, Queens, both in support and against the lawmaker's possible resignation, as the congressman sought professional help in an undisclosed location for his online sexual behavior.
Most of the protestors gathered by the district office on Kew Gardens Road wanted Weiner to step down, but a few held a counter-protest and said the representative is too beneficial for the area to leave politics.
In a statement Saturday, the congressman said he will request a temporary leave of absence from the House of Representatives to become "a better husband and healthier person" in the wake of the scandal.
Weiner has been under intense scrutiny since admitting he sent sexually explicit messages and pictures to several women he did not know over the Internet.
"How do I know how many other things he's lied about?" said one protester who wanted Weiner to resign.
"He has fought for this city and he stood by this city. He has stood up to Republican presidents, he's stood up to Democratic presidents, he always fought for the working people of this city," said a Weiner supporter.
"Anthony Weiner is a human being. He's an excellent congressman, he's done an excellent job," said another supporter.
Meanwhile, Weiner's congressional colleagues were still pressuring for his resignation on Sunday.
On "Meet the Press," Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said party officials want Weiner to step down.
"At the end of the day, a member of Congress makes their own decision, and that's certainly going to be up to Anthony Weiner. But we have made clear that he needs to resign. He needs to focus on getting his own personal issues in order," said Schultz.
"It always was a question of leadership. Anthony Weiner was lying from the very beginning. He turned this town and this country into a three-ring circus," said Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus in a Sunday interview. "We've got leadership in a Democratic Party that are defending a guy that deserves no defense."
While many politicians have said Weiner should resign, Democratic bigwigs who marched in Sunday's Puerto Rican Day Parade did not go as far.
"I think it's obviously sad and unfortunate on a number of levels, but whether of not he should resign, that's up to him, his constituents and the Democratic leadership," said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
"For those of us who are longtime friends of Anthony, this is heartbreaking," said Senator Charles Schumer.
"I would like to believe that we all are praying for him and his wife, because even the best luxury cars, sometimes the screws aren't tightened," said Congressman Charles Rangel.
A Tuesday NY1/Marist poll showed a slim majority of his constituents want him to stay in office.