Steve Cohen says he told fellow rep of his intentional tweet-delete ruse; rep denies it (updated)

10 pm: Read the full story of Cohen’s curious press conference, Rep. Steve Cohen makes another splash on Twitter.
(Excerpt: “On Friday, #Cohen tried to explain the mysteries of his Twitter persona and, by extension, himself — the puzzling deceptions and opaque intentions of @RepCohen. But #Cohen being #Cohen, he also made the windy tale even windier.”)

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. (Brittany McIntosh / The Commercial Appeal via AP)
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. (Brittany McIntosh / The Commercial Appeal via AP)

UPDATE: How could the whole weird Steve Cohen and Cyndi Lauper Twitter thing get weirder? Here’s how: Cohen says he shared his brilliant tweet-and-delete plan to dupe the media with Congressman John Yarmuth, a Democrat from Kentucky, BEFORE Cohen set it in motion.

Ruh, roh.

We just checked with Yarmuth’s press guy, Steve George. And he tells us that’s not the way Yarmuth remembers it.

“He said, Representative Cohen had told him about it after he’d already done it,” George said. And what’s more, George said, Cohen “certainly was not asking for advice.”

Hmmm…

Original Post: Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) discussed his tweet from earlier this week — that he later deleted — about singer Cyndi Lauper being “hot.”

It was all a hoax, Cohen said in a press conference on Friday. Cohen said he tipped Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) about his fake tweet plan, reports our colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia. Cohen says he told Yarmuth, “We’re going to have some fun this week.”

Cohen says he doesn’t care if people thought he thinks Cyndi Lauper is attractive: “Birds do it, bees do it, even ordinary fleas do it.”

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Manuel Roig-Franzia is a writer in The Washington Post’s Style section. His long-form articles span a broad range of subjects, including politics, power and the culture of Washington, as well as profiling major political figures and authors.
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