Cantor: Democrats must deal with Weiner now 

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Democrats should be doing more to try to oust embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.

Weiner announced on Saturday he is taking a leave of absence from the House to seek help after admitting to sending illicit text messages and photos to Twitter followers.

For the past several days, new photos and emails have surfaced, some showing Weiner half naked in the House gym.
Democratic leaders have called for his resignation and have also asked the ethics committee to investigate, but Cantor suggested that may not be enough.

"I am hoping that they will begin to move, if he does not resign, towards things like perhaps stripping him of his committees," Cantor said. "I don't think that we have time for this. We obviously have a lot of other issues to be concerned with."

Such a move would not be unprecedented. Democrats in 2006 moved to strip former Rep. Bill Jefferson, D-La., of his spot on the Ways and Means Committee after federal investigators raided his home and found $90,000 stashed in the freezer.

Jefferson was later convicted of corruption charges and received a 13-year sentence. So far, there is no indication Weiner has broken the law, though the ethics panel could determine he violated the rules of the House.

Democrats say the GOP is simply trying to use the Weiner scandal to their own political advantage.

"The bottom line is that Rep. Weiner should resign and the GOP is engaged in a pathetic attempt to grab headlines in order to distract from their no jobs agenda," a senior Democratic aide said. "It’s been 160 days since the GOP took control of the House, and Americans are still asking: Where are the jobs, House Republicans?"

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