Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens and Brooklyn) this week was seeking legal advice in the wake of the tweet seen ’round the world, his spokesman said.
A Seattle-area college student, identified in the press as Gennette Nicole Cordova, 21, last Friday received a direct message from the six-term congressman’s Twitter account containing a lewd photo of a man in boxer-briefs. While the missive was sent only to Cordova, all of Weiner’s nearly 50,000 followers on the social media giant were able to view it. Cordova is one of about 200 Twitter account holders whom Weiner follows.
Dave Arnold, Weiner’s communications director, told the Chronicle that Weiner’s camp has retained counsel to explore the next steps and advise them on what civil or criminal actions should be taken.
Weiner immediately claimed his account had been hacked. On Monday, he issued a statement.
“At a time when the GOP is playing games with the debt limit, a member of the Supreme Court is refusing to recuse himself from matters he has a financial interest in and middle class incomes are stagnant, many want to change the subject,” he said. “I don’t. This was a prank, and a silly one. I’m focused on my work.”