The Washington Times - June 8, 2011, 12:32PM

Tim Kaine has become the first Democrat to call for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign.

Between sniffles and gulps of water, the married Mr. Weiner admitted Monday to lying about sending a lewd photo via Twitter to a woman he had met online. He apologized to his family, friends and constituents, but said he does not intend to step down.

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Republicans, including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, have called for his resignation. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, requested an ethics investigation of Mr. Weiner, New York Democrat. And other party members have sought to distance themselves from the disgraced lawmaker.

But while current Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has remained silent on the matter, her predecessor spoke out on Tuesday during an interview with ABC 16 in Charlottesville.

“Lying is unforgivable, public lying about something like this is unforgivable,” said Mr. Kaine, who stepped down from the committee chairmanship earlier this year to run for a Senate seat in Virginia. “He should resign.”