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Weiner Constituents Face Off

Some call for him to resign while others back him.



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    Constituents in Rep. Anthony Weiner's district face off Sunday. Some rallied for his resignation while others said he should stay.

    Foes and supporters of embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner yelled at each other in front of the New York Democrat's district office on Sunday as congressional leaders called on Weiner to resign because of his sexting scandal.

    "He's not fit to be our congressman," said Jim Scott, 61, one of about two dozen constituents who rallied in front of Weiner's office in the Kew Gardens section of Queens. "People are sick of him, especially his attitude."

    Weiner said Saturday that instead of resigning over the scandal, he was seeking professional treatment and asking for a leave of absence from Congress.

    Scott held a sign that said: "Weiner must resign today, today! Rehab tomorrow."

    Jane Deacy, 60, a Republican district leader, called Weiner an embarrassment. "This is a sideshow," she said.

    Half a dozen Weiner supporters gathered a few yards away.

    James Sideris held up a sign saying, "Weiner Should Not Quit!" He quickly got into a shouting match with Weiner opponents.

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    College student Olivia Lurrie, 18, said Weiner was a good leader who made a mistake. She argued with Len Santoro, a 40-year-old information technology worker who said it was impossible for anyone to take the congressman seriously now.

    "It doesn't matter if I agree with him on the issues," Santoro said. "He can't lead."

    Weiner admitted last week that he has had sexually explicit communications with as many as six women via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

    Weiner's district spans parts of Brooklyn and Queens.