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U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner speaking to the media in New York, June 6, 2011. Photo by Reuters
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New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, a rising Jewish political star and a staunch supporter of Israel, went today to seek professional treatment for the behavior he admitted to this week — exchanging sexual messages and photos with women he met online — and he’ll ask for a short leave from Congress for this purpose.

“Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person,” spokeswoman, Risa Heller told The New York Times. “In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.”

Weiner’s troubles began on May 28, when conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart publicized a crotch shot that was briefly posted on the Congressman’s Twitter page. The image depicted the lower torso of an aroused male wearing boxer briefs.

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