Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Tony Weiner is no Soprano

Watch as a political career goes up in smoke. Possibly a marriage too. Life at Tony's place is going to suffer for quite a while, maybe forever.

Rep. Weiner Doesn’t Say With Certainty Lewd Twitter Photo Wasn’t Of Himself

N.Y. Dem Doing Damage Control; Political Pundit: This Could Be End For Him

June 1, 2011

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York Congressman Anthony Weiner refused on Wednesday to deny that he’s the one in the lewd photo sent to a college student.

It’s the $64,000 question in the so-called “Weinergate” Twitter scandal.

“Was that a picture of you?” CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer asked the six-term Democrat.

“The picture” in question is the one of a man’s bulging underwear that was sent from the congressman’s Twitter account to a pretty coed. Weiner wouldn’t say Wednesday with certainty whether it was him or wasn’t him.

“Well, we’re going to try to find out exactly what happened. My system was hacked into the photograph does not look familiar to me but before I say anything I want to make sure that it wasn’t manipulated, that something wasn’t dropped in to my account,” Rep. Weiner said.

The congressman continued to bob and dodge, even after comedian Jon Stewart hinted that he was in a unique position to judge whether the bulging briefs belonged to his friend, Weiner.

When told that most people would know whether a picture is of them or not, Weiner quipped, “Jon Stewart might have had it right last night, that it didn’t look like me for embarrassing reasons.”

It was the recently married Weiner, who wants to be the New York City’s next mayor, doing big time damage control.

“This was a hoax. It was committed on me. It was relatively easy to do making fun of my name,” Weiner said.

Weiner had a lot to repair after stonewalling reporters’ questions for days and using his trademark temper as a tool.

“I’m going to have to ask that we follow some rules here and one of them is going to be you ask the questions, I do the answers. Does that seem reasonable?” Weiner said.

But when pushed to give an answer, Weiner cranked up the intensity a bit.

“That would be perfectly reasonable, perfectly reasonable. You do the questions. I do the answers. That jackass interrupts me,” Weiner said.

The outburst was reminiscent of a heated discussion on the House floor last summer between Weiner and Congressman Peter King over a health bill for 9/11 responders.

“I will not yield to the gentleman!” Weiner screamed.

The political implications, dodging questions of the picture and refusing to explain why he follows a bevy of women like these on Twitter could affect his future political ambitions.

“It’s a culture of gossip and entertainment and Anthony Weiner has now found himself as the butt of gossip and entertainment,” political consultant Hank Sheinkopf said.

“For the time being it casts pallor on whether he can be a reasonable candidate for mayor, too many questions. Ultimately, people will forgive Twitter but they won’t forgive not coming clean.”

Sheinkopf said the longer the Twitter scandal goes on, the bigger the damage.

“This could be the end of a career but who knows?” Sheinkopf said.

The congressman said he has hired the Washington DC law firm of Baker Hostettler to sort the whole thing out and help him decide his next step. He also said his new wife is four-square behind him.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This was a hoax."

Sounds like a rather definitive answer to me.

1:53 PM  
Blogger no_slappz said...

anon, the full text was:

“This was a hoax. It was committed on me. It was relatively easy to do making fun of my name,” Weiner said.

Not surprisingly, a very Clintonesque response saying nothing, but seeming to.

3:01 PM  
Blogger no_slappz said...

Weiner refuses to declare that he did NOT send the message. Therefore, he did send it.

3:02 PM  

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