WASHINGTON — House Democrats are counting on growing pressure from Rep. Anthony Weiner's colleagues, a suggestion from the president and the return of Weiner's pregnant wife from an overseas trip to persuade him to resign over a sexting scandal in which he sent lewd photos of himself and messages to several women.
The House's top Republican, Speaker John Boehner, joined Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and party chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, in calling for the New York Democrat to quit.
House Democrats went behind closed doors Tuesday for their regular party meeting, but they decided against taking action against Weiner in hopes that he will resign soon.
A fellow member of Weiner's New York Democratic delegation, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, said before the meeting, "Hopefully, we are hearing he might resign in a couple of days."
When she emerged later, she added: "He's waiting for his wife to come home. That's what we're hearing from his friends."
Weiner's wife, State Department official Huma Abedin, is due back from an overseas trip early today with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Weiner, meanwhile, has sought treatment at an undisclosed location and has been granted a two-week leave of absence from Congress.
President Barack Obama spoke bluntly about Weiner in an interview that aired Tuesday. "I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign," Obama told NBC's Today show.
The cascade of raunchy photos and other revelations about the 46-year-old congressman has been a distraction for Democrats seeking an edge as they look ahead to the 2012 elections.