Back in June of 2011, and sitting U.S. Representative tweeted an inappropriate photo of his private area to thousands of followers. His name, as you probably recall, is Anthony Weiner. Weiner tweeted a pic of his wiener. The jokes wrote themselves – it was just too easy.
Like most people caught in an incredibly embarrassing, possibly career-ending mess, Weiner lied and said that he was hacked. After the evidence became overwhelming that it was in fact his package, tweeted at his own discretion, the congressman admitted the error.
“I tweeted a photograph of myself that I intended to send as direct message as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle. Once I realized I posted it to Twitter, I panicked, I took it down and said that I had been hacked. I then continued with that story to stick to that story which was a hugely regrettable mistake,” he said.
A few days later, he resigned his postion. Weinergate, as it was lovingly called, came and went. In its wake was a destroyed political career and a very public lesson on the perils of social media.
His Twitter account remained active, but silent for 17 months. Today, he broke his silence and tweeted for the first time since June of 2011. There are no words from the former House member, only a link to a YouTube video:
— Anthony Weiner (@RepWeiner) November 7, 2012
The video raises awareness for the Rockaways district in New York, one of the most-ravaged areas in the path of Hurricane Sandy. The video says that the damage in the Rockaways is “extensive and under-reported.”
He’s received some encouragement from his 68,000+ followers:
@repweiner Glad you are back in the twitter fold.
— Andrew Davis (@andrew14ad) November 7, 2012
@repweiner NYC needs you. Answer the call
— DonStugots (@donstugots) November 7, 2012
Is Anthony Weiner dipping his toes back into the public dialogue, or simply using Twitter to spread awareness of a cause dear to him? What do you think?