Cops Investigate Weiner's Tweets to Girl, 17
Embattled rep says direct messages were 'neither explicit nor indecent'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2011 5:54 AM CDT
An ax-wielding neighbor threatens Kenneth Moton with ABC News as he reports in front of the home of a 17-year-old student with whom Anthony Weiner made contact through Twitter Friday, June 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/The News Journal - SUCHAT PEDERSON)
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(Newser) – When Anthony Weiner wasn't palling around with porn stars or blackjack dealers, he was apparently sending messages to high school girls. Police in Delaware yesterday were questioning a 17-year-old girl about her interactions with the congressman, Fox reports, which a Weiner rep characterized as "neither explicit nor indecent." The girl apparently started following Weiner on Twitter after seeing him speak on a trip to Washington in April.

He in turn followed her, and the New York Times has the content of the direct messages he sent:

  • In response to the girl's comment that she aspired to be president, Weiner wrote: “How hip am I talking to a future president.”
  • The girl tweeted publicly: “talking to Rep Weiner from New York right now! is my life real?” That, notes the Times, set off a conservative group monitoring Weiner's tweets, which then noted: “@RepWeiner new pal is a high school girl. First porn actresses now little girls. Weird.”
  • The girl messaged Weiner that she was being harassed by members of the group, and he apologized and stopped following her.
  • The girl later posted “Don’t forget me. I used to follow you.” in response to Weiner's appeal for new followers. He began following her again, and exchanged three more messages: One about baseball, one in which he jokingly asks her advice over a question about legislation, and a third in which he responds to a YouTube video she posted of a Weiner speech with the caption, "My true love." “I came back strong,” he wrote, apparently joking about superheroes. “Large. Tights and cape. ...”