After a lewd picture appeared on Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account over the weekend, the congressman has decided to hire a lawyer, according to the New York Daily News.
The tweet, of course, has since been deleted, but questions still linger after Weiner (D-NY) stated that his Twitter account was hacked. “We are loath to treat it as more, but we are relying on professional advice,” Weiner’s spokesman told the Daily News.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, all 40,000 of Weiner’s Twitter followers received a tweet from the congressman’s Twitter account of a crotch-shot and a close up of a man’s underwear that was addressed to Seattle college student Gennette Cordova.
After the tweet was deleted, the lawmaker jokingly tweeted: “Tivo shot. FB hacked. Is my blender gonna attack me next? #TheToasterIsVeryLoyal.”
Weiner, however, was no longer in a joking mood on Sunday when he told Politico that his foes are concentrating on the controversy, rather than issues concerning the country.
“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,” Weiner told Politico. “I don’t. This was a prank, and a silly one. I’m focused on my work.”
The Democrat’s Facebook account was also hacked, according to Weiner.
As for Cordova, she told the Daily News that she has never met Weiner. “I’ve never been to New York or to DC,” she added.
Weiner was elected to office in 1998, after then Congressman Charles Schumer decided to run for senator.