House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration MORE (R-Va.) has become the first GOP House leader to call on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to resign.
"I don't condone his activity. And I think he should resign," Cantor said Tuesday in Louisa, Virginia, after a Chamber of Commerce luncheon, according to The Daily Progress.
"We've got a lot of serious challenges in this country and a lot of work for Congress to do," Cantor said, according to the paper. "The last thing we need to do is get enmeshed in a discussion about Congressman Weiner and his Twitter activities."
His remarks come the day after a tearful Weiner admitted he sent a tweet of his waist area clad only in underwear. Weiner's admission was the latest development in the so-called "Weinergate" scandal from over a week ago. Until Monday Weiner had denied responsibility for the tweet and claimed his account had been hacked.
Weiner also admitted in his press conference that he had had "inappropriate" correspondence with six women over the last three years over the internet.
In response House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) both called on the House Ethics Committee to investigate Weiner. Weiner said he planned to cooperate with the investigation.
Also on Tuesday Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus demanded that Weiner resign.
In his Monday press conference Weiner said he had no plans to resign.