Nancy Pelosi blasts Anthony Weiner, Bob Filner: Do your therapy in private

WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tore into Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, saying Thursday the two former House Democrats should "get a clue" as they face backlash for their questionable behavior with women.

"Let me be very clear, the conduct of some of these people that we're talking about here is reprehensible," Pelosi said at her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.

Her comments came after Rep. Jerry Nadler, a fellow Democrat who represents part of Manhattan, made biting comments about Weiner, saying Wednesday night that the New York City mayoral hopeful "needs serious psychiatric help."

Weiner admitted this week that he continued sending racy messages more than a year after the same habit forced his 2011 resignation from Congress.

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, a third woman came forward Tuesday accusing Filner, who served in Congress for two decades, of sexual harassment.

Both Democrats indicated they're in need of professional help. Weiner said this week that he's in therapy for his problem, while Filner has openly stated he needs "help" and has been "clearly doing something wrong."

Pelosi chided the men for their actions and said they should address their therapy sessions away from the spotlight.

"It is so disrespectful of women, and what's really stunning about it is they don't even realize, they don't have a clue. If they're clueless, get a clue. If they need therapy, do it in private," she said.

The House Democratic leader stopped short of calling for Weiner to step aside in the mayoral race, saying it's up to him to make the decision. It was a different story two years ago, when Pelosi had more authority over Weiner in the House and was among many high-profile Democrats who urged him to resign.

Nadler, however, called on Weiner to withdraw from this year's race. Speaking to reporters Wednesday night, Nadler said Weiner is a "serial liar" and someone who "has shown monumentally bad judgment" and "needs serious psychiatric help."

Weiner did not have many close friends on Capitol Hill before the last scandal in 2011, so it's not all that surprising that he's not getting vocal support from his former colleagues

Nadler, who's now in his 12th term, said the mayoral race should be about the issues, "not a media circus on his sexual peccadilloes."

The Democrat said he has not endorsed anyone in the Democratic primary, and was unsure whether he would before voters go to the polls.

Weiner's opponents in the race are also pushing the candidate to drop out. His biggest competitor, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, said in a statement Wednesday that Weiner's candidacy has turned the contest into a "circus."

"Being the Mayor of New York is serious business and it demands a serious leader. Instead we have seen a pattern of reckless behavior, consistently poor judgment, and difficulty with the truth," she wrote.

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