Updated 06/14/2011 11:29 PM
Weiner's Resignation May Be Coming Soon, Congresswoman Says
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House Democrats met Tuesday to discuss Congressman Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal, but they did not punish the Brooklyn-Queens representative by stripping him of committee positions or ejecting him from the party caucus.
Long Island Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy said Tuesday that she was hearing Weiner might resign in "a couple of days."
She did not say where she got that information from.
Meantime, House Speaker John Boehner -- who has stayed out of the debate over Weiner's future -- was the latest high-ranking politician to weigh in on Weiner's future.
When asked by reporters Tuesday if he thought the congressman should resign, Boehner answered "yes."
Speaking on NBC's "Today Show" Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama offered his thoughts on the scandal, saying it may be best for Weiner to step aside.
"Obviously what he did was highly inappropriate," said Obama. "I think he's embarrassed himself, he's acknowledged that, he's embarrassed his wife and his family. Ultimately there's going to be a decision for him and his constituents. I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign."
On Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg explained that Obama had not asked Weiner to resign, but just said that if he were in Weiner's position, he'd get out.
"I don't think the president will ever be in that situation. Nor will I be in that situation. So, it's a hypothetical," said the mayor.
Obama also suggested the distraction of the scandal over Weiner's lewd photos is keeping him from serving effectively.
Weiner's old friend and mentor, Senator Charles Schumer, was not willing to go as far.
"Those of us who have been friends with Anthony Weiner for a very long time feel his wrongful behavior is distressing, it's saddening, it's heartbreaking. Now it's clear he needs professional help. That's what he sought," said Schumer. "And that's all I'm going to say about this subject."
On Monday, the House Ethics Committee began a preliminary inquiry into Weiner's actions.
It could grow into a full investigation if Weiner ignores calls to resign.
People who spoke with NY1 outside Weiner's Queens office were split on whether he should go.
"I think his lack of judgment is so overboard that he has to resign," said one Queens resident.
"I feel it's a little unfair that the president get on his back," said another. "I think really is up to the constituents. He hasn't had sex with anyone, there have been other senators and congress people who've done worse."
The House on Monday granted Weiner's request for a leave of absence while he seeks professional help.
His wife, Huma Abedin, is on a trip with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and is due back in the country on Wednesday.
Sources said Weiner is likely waiting to speak with Abedin in person before determining his next move.