The chairman of the Republican National Committee called for Representative Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to resign following the lawmaker’s admission that he lied about lewd photos he sent to young women.
In a press conference, Weiner admitted that he had “inappropriate conversations” with six women online over the past three years. The legislator also admitted to lying in an attempt to cover up the scandal; he had said that his account was hacked after a racy photo of himself that he sent to a woman emerged on the Internet.
Despite the admission, Weiner said that he would remain in office, something that has raised the ire of a number of powerful figures.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Weiner’s “actions and deception are unacceptable” and that “either (House Minority) Leader (Nancy) Pelosi and DNC Chair (Debbie) Wasserman Schultz believe members of Congress are held to a different set of standards or they believe these actions demand his resignation.”
New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox also called on Weiner to resign, reports Bloomberg.
“His inappropriate behavior has irreparably damaged his ability to serve,” Cox said in a statement. “His actions are at best despicable and at worst illegal.”