It’s time for Weinergate!
Just to dive in in the middle, I especially like the statement from coed in question, (a journalism major who loathes the news process) which denies a few tangential points and ducks the good stuff:
I am a 21-year-old college student from Seattle. I have never met Congressman Weiner, though I am a fan. I go to school in Bellingham where I spend all of my time; I’ve never been to New York or to DC. The point I am trying to make is that, contrary to the impression that I apparently gave from my tweet, I am not his girlfriend. Nor am I the wife, girlfriend or mistress of Barack Obama, Ray Allen or Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the fact that I have made similar assertions about them via Twitter.
There have never been any inappropriate exchanges between Anthony Weiner and myself, including the tweet/picture in question, which had apparently been deleted before it reached me.
As to whether any exchanges were “inappropriate”, let’s take a step back – were she and the Congressman cyber-buddies engaging in idle chit-chat and having appropriate exchanges from time to time on the Twitter private service? Is it possible that a third party might consider some of those private exchanges to be a bit flirty? I am not sure a twenty-one year old who wants this whole thing to go away is the most reliable judge of what might have been appropriate. And let’s add that Rep. Weiner apparently chatted up a high school girl on Twitter earlier this year.
RS McCain adds this:
All righty then: Define “inappropriate,” Ms. Cordova.
By your own admission, you publicly described a married congressman as your “boyfriend,” which some people might consider inappropriate.
Meanwhile, law enforcement does not seem to have been brought in. Their apparent absence speaks volumes.
And while we wait for the police dog to bark, Ace notes this:
Despite the fact that this is a Verified Twitter account, supposedly vetted by Twitter to insure that the named individual is in fact the account’s user, we have had no incident report from Twitter on the “hack,” or notice of a failure in its security, or cautions as to how to prevent the same “hack” from occurring to us.
Well, a highly publicized hack would normally draw some sort of public response, yes? More should come clear on Tuesday with the holiday behind us.
My Bold Prediction for where this is headed – Congressman Weiner won’t be filing a police report. One might think that hacking a Congressman’s account to smear him and sexualy harass his Twitter followers is a big deal, but it’s not like he is the governor of Alaskaor anything. After a bit of scrambling Weiner will explain the absence of law enforcement by offering up a brother or cousin or college roommate who will claim to have crept onto the account and played this prank simply because Weiner jokes never get old. Har de har.