First Democrat in Congress demands Weiner resign

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., addresses a news conference in New York, Monday, June 6, 2011. After days of denials, a choked-up New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he tweeted a bulging-underpants photo of himself to a young woman and admitted to "inappropriate" exchanges with six women before and after getting married. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

June 8, 2011 12:57:01 PM PDT
Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania is the first Democratic member of Congress to call on Anthony Weiner to resign for sending a lewd photo of himself to a woman via Twitter.

The congresswoman said in a statement released Wednesday that Weiner's behavior was offensive, and that having the respect of constituents is fundamental for a member of Congress.

Democrats in general have been unwilling to call for Weiner to give up his seat, although they've made it clear they wish he would quit.

The seven-term New Yorker has made no comment since saying at a news conference on Monday that he was not resigning.

Weiner said at the news conference he exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years.