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Dems hoping Weiner will quit on his own
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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats played a waiting game in Tuesday in the online sex case of Rep. Anthony Weiner, counting on mounting pressure from colleagues, a suggestion from the president, and his wife's return from an official trip to persuade Weiner to quit.The strategy surfaced at a meeting of all House Democrats, when members cast aside discussion of Weiner’s sexually charged online postings and decided instead to let him think about calls from high-powered party members to leave.The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, made the suggestion again after the meeting, saying she wanted to make sure nobody missed her earlier resignation call while members were on a week-long recess. Pelosi said she concluded that “with the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents and the need for help ... Congressman Weiner should resign from the Congress.”A fellow member of Weiner’s New York Democratic delegation, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, said before the party meeting, “Hopefully, we are hearing he might resign in a couple of days.”When she emerged later, she added, “He’s waiting for his wife to come home. That’s what we’re hearing from his friends.”Weiner’s wife, State Department official Huma Abedin, is due back from an overseas trip early Wednesday with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.