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Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Anthony Weiner, college student at center of latest Tweet controversy


Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). (By Harry Hamburg/Associated Press)

Update: Gennette Nicole Cordova, the college student on the receiving end of Rep. Anthony Weiner’s tweet, may have returned to Twitter after temporarily shutting down her social media accounts. Writing on the handle @GennetteC, the Seattle journalism student said she made a statement Sunday after her friends and family were contacted by the media. She’s been answering questions from media personalities, including from Ben Smith at Politico, telling him she became a fan of Weiner after seeing him “demolish Bachmann on Hannity about 2 months ago.”

She also quotes Oscar Wilde: “The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing.”

Original post:

Representative Anthony Weiner has hired a lawyer after a picture of a gentlemen's bulging underpants was tweeted from his official Twitter account, which he said was hacked, to a female follower Friday. Weiner’s spokesman said the Democrat believes the tweet was a prank, but retained a lawyer “to advise him on what civil or criminal actions should be taken,” the AP reported.

While conservative pundits continue to question whether the tweet was real, others, including Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) have come out in defense of Weiner.

Weiner is a regular Twitter-er, using his account to casually share his thoughts on political issues, hockey games and other politicians. But is using the social media platform to reach constituents — and crack jokes — worth the risk?

In the past, Weiner has used his Twitter to poke fun at other politicians. As The Post’s opinion writer Jennifer Rubin states, it would seem to be “political karma” at work if the tweet turned out to be sent from Weiner himself. Here are two tweets Weiner sent to businessman Donald Trump and Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Developing: Trump now demands proof :Hawaii is part of USA. #AnyoneCanFakeAMapless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Hey, Speaker Boehner while u r in NYC let's u and me debate. #MeetMeAtDykmanStreetless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Others have seemed to enjoy his fast and furious style of tweeting, with more than 40,000 people signing up to follow him since he began a few months ago. Even with Weinergate underway, the rep hasn’t changed his tweeting style.

Tivo eats the hockey game and Versus taunts me with endless postgame. #IsThisHell?less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

His only other tweet on the subject was similarly light-hearted.

Touche Prof Moriarity. More Weiner Jokes for all my guests! #Hacked!less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

This latest Twitter scandal adds to the list of mistaken tweets, which includes the Secret Service complaining about Fox News and a “U love torturing me w this [expletive],” sent from Sen. Chris Dodd’s official Twitter account.

Remind me why Twitter is a good idea again?

This post has been updated since it was first published.

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