Amidst rumors surrounding Anthony Weiner's potential run for New York City mayor in 2013, the former congressman showed recently that after a year out of the spotlight, he's still got a sense of a humor.
In a recent Wall Street Journal story delving into the mayoral ambitions of embattled City Comptroller John Liu, Weiner responded to the question of whether he's considering a run, simultaneously winking and avoiding an official answer.
"It's a clown story, bro," he said.
Weiner, of course, was referencing the viral video of 19-year-old Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. In June, when a reporter asked Harper what beer he was going to drink to celebrate a home run, Harper responded, "That's a clown question, bro."
(Weiner isn't the first politician to riff off Harper's quip. See: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.)
Before Weiner resigned in disgrace last Spring, he was undoubtedly one of the most entertaining politicians in Washington. And so, if Weiner does in fact do that tell-all interview about the sexting scandal and his future in politics, here's to hoping he's got a few more jokes up his sleeve.
When Lee's name first appeared in connection to Weiner -- Lee tweeted on March 13 that Weiner had sent her a direct message on Twitter -- both she and the congressman dismissed any notion that they had a relationship. "This is another person who I -- has gotten dragged into this for no reason other than she was following me and asked to be followed by me," Weiner told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on June 1, as he sought to keep the lid on the scandal. "I think what this is about is a fairly pro forma thing that goes out that I send out to people as I follow them." But on Wednesday, the former porn star appeared at a press conference in New York to set the record straight. She and Weiner exchanged approximately 100 emails starting in March, but she says that while his messages to her were at times inappropriate, she did not encourage his lewd behavior. "I did not sext Anthony Weiner," Lee said in a statement. "I did not send photos to him or receive photos from him. Any time he would take conversations in a sexual direction, I would not reciprocate." Lee said that when the scandal broke, she emailed Weiner for advice on how to handle the media scrutiny, but eventually decided that his request that she deny any relationship with him crossed the line. "He asked me to lie about our communication," Lee said on Wednesday. "I think that Anthony Weiner should resign, because he lied to the public and the press for more than a week," Lee concluded.
Meagan Broussard, a 26-year-old single mother from Texas, says that she exchanged dozens of sexually charged photos, emails, and Facebook messages with Weiner over the course of a month. It began innocently enough, she says. "On April 20, I clicked on his Facebook page that I 'liked' a video of Rep. Weiner addressing a gathering of construction workers in Washington, DC," she wrote on Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com site, where the photos of Weiner shirtless first appeared, prompting Weiner's confession. "I commented that it was 'hot.' That's the only way I came into contact with him at first." "From there, he introduced himself to me over Facebook Chat," she continued. "Within an hour, we were sending messages back and forth. It became an everyday correspondence."
Lisa Weiss, a Las Vegas blackjack dealer, released explicit Facebook chats to RadarOnline.com that she exchanged with Weiner. According to Radaronline, Weiss said she once worked as a Democratic campaign worker. A spokesman for the Nevada Democratic Party said today there is no record that she was a volunteer. To read some of the chats Weiss exchanged with Weiner, click here.
Traci Nobles, of Athens, Ga., who will be 35 this month, was outed by her roommate, who sent a screenshot of a private Facebook conversation between Nobles and Weiner to the Las Vegas Sun.
The photo that started it all. On Friday, May 27, Weiner used his Twitter account to send a waist-down photograph of a man's underpants to Cordova, 21-year-old female college student in Seattle. Cordova told the New York Times that she "figured it must have been a fake" when she received a picture Weiner in boxer briefs. Ms. Cordova, who had traded messages with Mr. Weiner, a New York Democrat, about their shared concern over his conservative critics, said she had never sent him anything provocative. Asked if she was taken aback by his decision to send the photo, she responded, "Oh gosh, yes." In the interview, Cordova discussed how prior to being sent the photo she grew to support Weiner's politics and wound up following him on Twitter. She also provided further details on how their social media engagements evolved over time. "He was just very casual," she said of their online interactions. "It wasn't like talking to a U.S. congressman."
In his press conference, Weiner confessed to having inappropriate online relationships with six women. Five have come forward. The identity of the sixth woman is still unknown.