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Wed June 1, 2011
It's All Politics

Anthony Weiner: It's A Prank But Doesn't Know If It's His Crotch

You know you've got a problem as a congressman whose Twitter account was used to send a lewd crotch shot if you can't categorically say "that is not me."

During an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Wednesday, Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York Democrat whose Twitter account was used to send a lewd photo to to a female college student, said unequivocally he didn't send the photo.

But as was true in his other encounters with journalists Wednesday, he couldn't say definitively whether it was his crotch or not.

Which leads to an obvious question? How can a man not know if a photo is of his crotch is or not? And why would a man have a photo of his crotch in the first place?

Blitzer, showing the lewd photo to the lawmaker, asked the former question, with the newsman displaying his trademark poker face. It was one of the best moments of the interview:

BLITZER: You would know if this (Blitzer stutters and who can blame him?) is your underpants, for example?

WEINER: I appreciate you continuing to flash that at me...

Weiner referred to a "firm that we've hired to get to the bottom of this. Photos can be manipulated. Photos can be of one thing meant to look like something else. We're going to try to get to the bottom of what happened..."

The congressman also said the incident was a "prank. To make fun of my name. When your name is Weiner, that happens a lot..." And he stuck to his story that he didn't want to treat the situation like a "federal case," which is why he hasn't gotten law enforcement involved.

There's a weirdness here that's creeping out many people, including some of Weiner's fans, judging from comments on Twitter.

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