Rep. Anthony Weiner is requesting a leave of absence to seek treatment to become a better husband. Weiner’s request comes amid numerous calls from Democrats to resign following his Twitter scandal.

Spokeswoman Risa Heller said Saturday that Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment. “In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.”

“Congressman Weiner takes the views of his colleagues very seriously and has determined that he needs this time to get healthy and make the best decision possible for himself, his family and his constituents.”

Pelosi said Weiner should get help “without the pressures of being a member of Congress,” as reported by The Associated Press.

Intense pressure to resign is also coming from Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), who said Weiner’s “inappropriate behavior” has embarrassed himself, his family and the House.

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