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Rep. Anthony Weiner may have violated House Ethics Rules by offering PR advice to porn star

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 18:26 EDT
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New York Democratic Congressman Rep. Anthony Weiner may have violated House Ethics Rules by offering a porn star help from his public relations team.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called Monday for an Ethics Committee investigation of Weiner after he admitted that he tweeted a lewd photo to a college student and then falsely claimed his Twitter account had been hacked.

The Washington Post reported that the investigation will likely hinge upon whether he used official resources to maintain online relationships with women or used Congressional aides to assist women he was involved with.

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Weiner also admitted to having inappropriate communications with about six other women over three years, but said that his flirtations were strictly over the Internet and telephone. He said none of his communications with the women developed into a physical relationship.

The gossip website TMZ reported that Weiner advised porn star Ginger Lee to lie about their online relationship and offered the assistance of his “PR team”.

It is unknown whether his “PR team” is from his Congressional staff or if Lee ever took him up on the offer.

She began receiving calls from the media shortly after Weiner sent the lewd photo, thanks to conservative bloggers who noted a brief Twitter correspondence between them.

On June 2, Weiner sent Lee a proposed media statement, which stated that she had “nothing to do with the situation involving Rep Weiner” and was merely a mutual follower of the congressman who never received anything inappropriate from him. Weiner joked that he was “sponsoring a line of twitpic ready undies” while trying to coach Lee on how to deal with the situation.

Weiner said he originally lied about the incident because he was embarrassed by the situation and apologized for his deception Monday, saying he was “deeply ashamed.”

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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