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Dem leaders call for Weiner's resignation

In a coordinated response, top Democratic leaders -- including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Steve Israel -- today called for embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D) to resign from Congress.

That call came amid other news from Weiner's office that the New York congressman was taking a "short leave of absence" after going into treatment today to "become a better husband and healthier person."

In a statement, Pelosi said, "Congressman Weiner has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents, and the recognition that he needs help. I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressure of being a member of Congress."

Added Wasserman Schultz: "The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Rep. Weiner's continued service in Congress is untenable."

Democrats told First Read that the coordinated call for Weiner's resignation had been the works for days, and the DNC and DCCC had decided on an internal Saturday morning deadline for him to resign on his own.

That was decided, these Dems said, before the news broke about Weiner's correspondence with a 17-year-old girl, though it appears those conversations weren't lewd.