Weiner abides despite new photo, baby on the way

By LAURIE KELLMAN | June 9, 2011 | 3:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scandal-scarred Rep. Anthony Weiner is clinging to his perch in Congress despite new efforts to pry him away and a pair of developments that might inspire others in his position to give up the fight:

A newly released X-rated photo that Weiner purportedly took of himself turned up on the Internet.

And his wife of less than a year, Huma Abedin, is pregnant.

The baby on the way complicated an already ominous forecast for the 46-year-old congressman, who has admitted he Tweeted sexually charged photos and messages to six women he did not know, then lied about it. Throughout the week, Weiner has refused to resign.

His fellow Democrats from the White House on down have left little doubt they want him to reconsider — and fast.