A member of New York’s congressional delegation said Tuesday that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) may soon resign his seat, although the she did not elaborate on how she might know the embattled lawmaker’s thinking.
“We’re going to find out,” Rep. Carolyn McCarthy told reporters Tuesday morning as she headed into a closed Democratic caucus meeting, according to CNN and other outlets. “Hopefully. We’re hearing that he might resign in a couple of days.”
Weiner is on a leave of absence to seek professional treatment following his admission last week that he communicated inappropriately with several women online. Some Democratic members have mused that he may be waiting to make a decision until his wife, State Department aide Huma Abedin, returns from overseas. Abedin is expected to return Wednesday from a trip with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Middle East and North Africa..
Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) waded into the controversy for the first time Tuesday morning.
“Yes,” Boehner replied when asked whether he thought Weiner should resign. The top House Republican did not elaborate.
Other House Republican leaders including Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) have called on Democrats to strip Weiner of his perch on the Energy and Commerce Committee in an effort to pressure him to resign. But Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats reiterated Tuesday that they have no plans to do so and are focused solely on the issue of resignation.