Pressure continued to mount on Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, to resign Wednesday - one day after Democratic leaders turned their backs on the embattled liberal congressman.
Weiner, who is married, admitted earlier this week to engaging in sexually tinged communications with multiple women and lying about it. The admission has led to a growing chorus of calls for him to step down. While most of the calls are coming from Republicans, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said Tuesday that Weiner's attempted cover-up of the scandal makes him unfit for office.
"Lying is unforgivable," said Kaine, now a U.S. Senate candidate in Virginia. "Lying publicly about something like this is unforgivable and he should resign."
While other Democrats haven't explicitly called on Weiner to step down, they have done little to demonstrate any support for him.
"I wish there was some way I could defend him, but I can't," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told reporters Tuesday. Asked what he would say if Weiner sought advice, Reid smiled and responded: "I'd tell him to call someone else."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, who called for an ethics investigation Monday, released a letter Tuesday detailing her formal request for the inquiry. Weiner publicly apologized Monday for sending flirtatious messages and images on Facebook and Twitter to six women over the past three years and then denying it for a week.