Rep. Anthony Weiner couldn't exit the scene fast enough for Democrats and didn't.
Initially after the scandal of his lewd tweets to at least six young women broke, he said he wasn't quitting. Then with increasing pressure for his resignation, he appeared to try to buy time by letting it be known that he was entering rehab.
In the end, however, he was only able to get two weeks past Memorial Day weekend when the scandal went public before the pressure became so irresistible that he would be forced on Thursday to announce his resignation.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has few friends in Washington these days. But a new poll shows that a majority of the his constituents in Queens and Brooklyn want him to stay in office, even after the revelation that he sent lewd photos of himself to young women over the Internet, and then lied about it. The poll also suggests that many of Weiner's constituents would vote for him again — if they get the chance.
Disgraced New York Rep. Anthony Weiner no doubt feels the walls closing in on him, what with key fellow Democrats calling for his resignation and his once high-flying Big Apple mayoral ambitions in shambles.
But one thing the married congressman likely won't have to fear in the wake of his sexting scandal is tough love from the secretive House ethics committee.
"They'll take their sweet time and do just about nothing," says Melanie Sloan, who heads Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). "The ethics committee is where ethics investigations go to die."
The drumbeat started Wednesday afternoon, as our colleague Frank James reported over at It's All Politics: "Congressional Democrats are starting to come forward with public calls for Rep. Anthony Weiner to give up his House seat."