AUGUSTA – Controversy over the behavior of U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner has become such a distraction that the New York Democrat should probably resign, Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine said Wednesday.

Moreover, stepping down would probably be the best thing Weiner could do for his family, said Michaud, a Democrat who represents Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.

“I am hoping that the congressman will do what’s right for his family, and probably the best decision would be to step down,” Michaud said during a tour of the State House.

He said the media attention on Weiner has become a distraction for Congress as it addresses difficult issues, such as raising the federal government’s debt ceiling.

While Democrats in Congress are distancing themselves from Weiner, Michaud is one of the few who have suggested he resign.

Michaud, a former millworker, grew up in a large Catholic family in Medway. He’s a big supporter of the labor movement, but votes with conservatives on social issues such as abortion rights and gun control.

Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree, who represents Maine’s 1st Congressional District, said in a prepared statement that voters in Weiner’s congressional district should be the ones to decide whether he is fit to be their representative. 

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