The Washington Times - June 13, 2011, 03:50PM

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a high profile government watchdog group, on Monday joined a growing chorus of those demanding embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner resign.

CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan last week held off calling for the New York City Democrat to step down, saying it was unfair to lump him together with other politicians tainted by sex scandals.


But after news reports surfaced over the weekend that police were looking into Mr. Weiner’s contacts with a 17-year-old girl in Delaware, Ms. Sloan says it’s time for him to step down.

“The use of social media to engage in numerous sexual exchanges and lying about it when caught was bad enough. But inappropriate contact with a teenage girl and sexually explicit photographs sent across the Internet are a new low,” Ms. Sloan in a statement released Monday afternoon.

“While Rep. Weiner may not have violated any federal laws or House rules, he clearly lacks the requisite character and judgment to remain in Congress.

“The people of New York’s 9th Congressional District deserve a representative who can focus on their issues, rather than on his own considerable personal problems. Rep. Weiner should resign immediately.”