updated 06/11/2011 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/11/2011 AT 4:30 PM ET
In the wake of lewd photo scandal – and pressure from House Democratic leaders to resign – Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York is seeking treatment that will take him away from his duties on Capitol Hill.
“Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person,” spokeswoman Risa Heller said in a statement. “In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.”
The statement continued: “Congressman Weiner takes the views of his colleagues very seriously and has determined that he needs this time to get healthy and make the best decision possible for himself, his family and his constituents.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was one of the colleagues who suggested Weiner get counseling. “Congressman Weiner has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents and the recognition that he needs help,” Pelosi said in a statement, according to The New York Times. “I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a member of Congress.”
On Monday, Weiner admitted to lying about sending lewd photos and having inappropriate communication online with six women over the past three years. “I’m deeply ashamed,” he said at the time.