New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who found himself at the center of a media firestorm this week after a lewd photo appeared on his Twitter stream, has canceled a Friday evening appearance in Wisconsin in order to spend time with his wife.
Weiner had been slated to speak at the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s annual convention Friday at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. But he told state party officials that he would not attend the convention and would instead spend the weekend in New York with his wife, Huma Abedin, Wisconsin Democratic Party Communications Director Graeme Zielinski confirmed Friday afternoon.
The news was first reported by Politico’s Scott Wong.
After initially rebuffing reporters’ questions about the suggestive photo, which Weiner said was the work of a computer hacker, the New York Democrat changed course on Wednesday and spent hours talking about the incident with reporters from various cable news outlets.
But the strategy backfired, as Weiner’s responses raised even more questions. Weiner said definitively that he did not post the photo, but he said he could not state “with certitude” whether the photo was of him; he also declined to answer questions about whether he had communicated via Twitter with the 21-year-old Seattle-area journalism student to whom the photo was sent.
Weiner was present in the House chamber Friday for votes on two resolutions criticizing the U.S. involvement in Libya. (He voted against both of them.) While he will not appear at the event, his photo still appears on the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s 2011 convention homepage.
Others expected to speak the event Friday night include Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl.), former Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.) and members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation.