The chairman of the Republican Party said Tuesday that Rep. Anthony Weiner should resign after admitting to sexually charged online relationships with several women and then lying about them.
Reince Priebus said in a statement that either House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz believe that members of Congress are held to a different standard, or they believe the congressman's actions demand his departure from the House.
The National Republican Congressional Committee also called on more than a dozen House Democrats to return campaign contributions from Weiner.
One of them, Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Ohio, said she was donating a $1,000 campaign contribution last year from Weiner to a local charity.
Pelosi requests ethics inquiry: The House Democratic leader on Tuesday formally requested a House ethics panel probe of the New York congressman. She sent a brief letter to the leaders of the committee noting that Weiner had "disclosed conduct that he described as inappropriate." Pelosi had urged the panel Monday to launch an inquiry shortly after Weiner publicly confessed.
Reid won't defend Weiner: In another ominous sign for Weiner, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the highest-ranking Senate Democrat, refused to defend him, quipping that his advice to the congressman, if sought, would be: "Call someone else." Reid added in a sentiment that echoed throughout Capitol Hill, "I wish there was some way I can defend him, but I can't."