Rep. Weiner’s Measured Response to Racy Tweet

By Tonya Garcia Comment

The folks at PBS weren’t the only ones being hacked this Memorial Day weekend. If his story is true, and there is a lot of back and forth about it, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner also had his YFrog account hacked and a lewd (though covered) penis pic was tweeted to a college student in Seattle.

New York politicians have found themselves in a world of trouble in recent years. Rep. Chris Lee actually resigned from his post after he was caught sending pictures of himself to a woman sans shirt in response to a Craigslist singles ad. In this case, there are enough questions surrounding the situation that it probably won’t end that way, but Rep. Weiner has hired a lawyer just in case.

Besides getting legal counsel, he also tweeted over the weekend: “Tivo shot. FB hacked. Is my blender gonna attack me next? #TheToasterIsVeryLoyal”

In a statement, he reasserted his focus on important political matters, dismissing this incident as a “prank.”

From a PR perspective, Weiner’s answer has so far been a good one. He has responded both seriously and — since it is a scandal that’s shaping up to be more worthy of giggles (Weinergate, tee hee…) than outrage — with a bit of humor. Do you disagree? The comments section and @PRNewser is ready for your thoughts.