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Abandoned by party leaders, how long can Anthony Weiner hang on?

In a major blow to Rep. Anthony Weiner’s attempt to hold onto his job in the wake of a “sexting” scandal, three top Democratic leaders Saturday told the embattled New York congressman that he has to go.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., is questioned by the media near his home in Queens Saturday. House Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Rep. Steve Israel have called on Weiner to resign in the wake of a "sexting" scandal.

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In a major blow to Rep. Anthony Weiner’s attempt to hold onto his job in the wake of a “sexting” scandal, three top Democratic leaders Saturday told the embattled New York congressman that he has to go.

"It is with great disappointment that I call on Representative Anthony Weiner to resign," Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement Saturday. "The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible, and Representative Weiner's continued service in Congress is untenable.”

"This sordid affair has become an unacceptable distraction for Representative Weiner, his family, his constituents and the House,” Wasserman Schultz said. “And for the good of all, he should step aside and address those things that should be most important – his and his family's well-being."

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Earlier in the week, House Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi had described herself as “deeply disappointed and saddened about this situation.” But she stopped short of telling Weiner to resign, calling instead for an Ethics Committee investigation “to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred” in the several instances in which Weiner had sent sexually-explicit emails and photos of himself to a half dozen women.

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