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Md. Congressman: Weiner Resignation 'Right For The Country'

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Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress Thursday, at a press conference in May.
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Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress Thursday, at a press conference in May.

At an extended series of votes in the House Thursday, most reporters were clamoring for quotes on the Democratic side of the Speaker's Lobby, a telltale sign that the national spotlight was on their caucus and not the majority Republican Party.

The mood of lawmakers who had worked with Weiner was somber, even though he had lost the support of his caucus before Thursday. Maryland's Chris Van Hollen is the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee.

“I called upon him to resign sometime ago, because [of] what I thought were repeated violations of the public trust and so I think his decision is right for the country and right for his family," Van Hollen says.

Maryland Democrat Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger says Weiner made a wise decision to step down after it was publicized that he sent illicit photos of himself to young women.

“I think the most important thing is that we focus on the relevant issues, the debt issue. I happen to be ranking on Intelligence; I'm focused on the issue of national security," Ruppersberger says.

In a press conference in New York, Weiner told reporters he had hoped to stay on, but after some time he realized he became too big of a distraction.

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