The third-ranking House Democrat is breaking with party leaders who called for Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to resign.
Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) issued a brief statement Saturday saying he stood by his earlier assertion that “the full caucus should address this issue when we meet next week.”
Weiner said through a spokeswoman he had departed to seek “professional treatment” and would request a short leave of absence from the House after admitting to sending explicitly sexual messages to women on the Internet.
The No. 2 House Democrat, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), has been quiet Saturday after earlier joining Pelosi’s call for an ethics investigation into Weiner's behavior.