Rep. Weiner’s Measured Response to Racy Tweet

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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.