Weiner Heads to Treatment, Takes Leave from Congress

Delaying what would have been an awkward return to D.C. next week, Rep. Weiner’s spokeswoman said the embattled congressman left this morning “to seek professional treatment” and “will request a short leave of absence” from Congress.

The statement comes in response to Democratic leaders, including his New York colleague, DCCC Chairman, Rep. Steve Israel, calling for Weiner’s resignation.

The statement from Weiner’s spokeswoman, Risa Heller:

“Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person. 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.”