Rep. Steve Cohen thinks Cyndi Lauper is ‘hot,’ but deletes tweet saying so

April 11, 2013
Lauper at a birthday party for designer Betsey Johnson last fall. (Jason DeCrow/AP)
Lauper at a birthday party for designer Betsey Johnson last fall. (Jason DeCrow/AP)

UPDATE, 2 p.m. Friday: Steve Cohen was his tweet-and-delete was an intentional prank on the media

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Rep. Steve Cohen thinks Cyndi Lauper is “hot” — a bold statement in these days when commenting on a woman’s charms can be risky business.

The Tennessee Democrat was so taken by the singer at the White House Memphis Soul event Tuesday night that he tweeted his admiration and a photo Wednesday: “@cyndilauper great night,couldn’t believe how hot u were.see you again next Tuesday.try a little tenderness.”

Unclear if he was talking about her looks or her performance, but Cohen quickly came to his political senses and deleted the post after after 21 minutes. But that was long enough to land on the Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops, which tracks politicians’ deleted tweets.

A rep for Cohen confirmed it was the congressman himself who sent it, but declined further comment on the tweet. Cohen took to the House floor Thursday for more praise of the Memphis Soul night: “While there were a lot of great performers there, I want to put a particular shout out to Miss Cyndi Lauper. She’s special.” He singled out her rendition of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.”  “I would suggest to my colleagues in the other side they ought to try a little tenderness on occasion.” Then more praise for Lauper –but no mention of the tweet one way or the other.

This isn’t the first time Cohen’s deleted tweets went public: His messages to a comely 24-year-old during the State of the Union raised eyebrows. . . until he revealed she was his secret daughter.

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