Democratic party leaders are calling on congressman Anthony Weiner to resign, and many of his constituents are beginning to think that's the inevitable outcome of his sexting scandal.
A spokeswoman says Weiner checked into an undisclosed rehab facility over the weekend, following his admission last Monday that he engaged in inappropriate conversations and exchanged explicit photos with women online. The Congressman says he won't step down and has asked for a leave of absence from the House.
Ken Trupin works in the same Kew Gardens office building where Weiner's Queens district office is located. He says he likes the Congressman. Still, he's already talking about him in the past tense. "I'll tell ya, he was a great politician, he did a wonderful job," he says. "I think this is kind of between him and his wife. I think he has a lot of issues he should really take care of," Trupin says. "But I don't think he should resign."
But Lynn Loffitt disagrees. She says rehab is not enough. "I think he should get help, I really do. And I think that that's important for him personally," she says. "But I think we need to replace him as soon as possible and get going with the process."
Iris Hinds, who says she voted for Weiner and liked his stance on health care reform, says she's trying to figure out what the Congressman should do next. "I guess a leave of absence is good, wait for his wife to come back and talk it over," she says. "But I'm not sure what the right thing [is]. I think mayor is pretty much out of the question at this point."
Hinds is talking about Weiner's presumptive bid to become New York City mayor in the 2013 mayoral election, which some political analysts say will not survive the controversy.