HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The office of Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes says he is giving away $2,000 that his campaign received from U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Himes also joined Democratic leaders in saying that Weiner should resign because the sex scandal surrounding the New York politician has become a distraction for Congress.

Himes said in a statement Monday that he is donating the money his campaign received from Weiner in the 2008 and 2010 election cycles to the Yerwood Center in Stamford, a community resource center.

Weiner is on a temporary leave of absence, in treatment for an undisclosed disorder. He has acknowledged exchanging messages and photos with several women online.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Chris Meek says:

    We would like to thank Congressman Himes for his recent donation. His recognition of the valuable and important work that is done at the Yerwood Center and by it’s tireless volunteers is greatly appreciated.

    Although we share in the dissapointment over the source of the funds, we will ensure that everyone is proud of how they are used.

    Chris Meek
    Yerwood Center Board Member

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