[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
The quote is from her blog, quoted here when I speculated on the relationship between Weiner and Ginger Lee, the adult entertainer. Everyone of course suspects something is up when a congressman is communicating with such a woman, especially because later we saw strong evidence suggesting that Weiner was not sending pro-forma direct messages. This was personalized, or so the evidence indicated. But at the time the evidence was scant, and I try to be fair to people. So I admitted that despite asserting her seriousness in loving the Weiner, we didn’t know that she would even do anything if she ever found herself alone with him. On the other hand, knowing men as I do, I strongly suspected that he was at least interested in some kind of relationship with her.
And for informational purposes (and not at all for Rule 5 reasons), let’s have the pretty pic of her again:
Well, we don’t need to speculate any more. TMZ has spilled the whole thing:
Weiner and former porn star Ginger Lee exchanged scores of sexual emails over a long period of time. When the underwear scandal broke on May 28, Lee began receiving calls from the media, and Weiner was more than happy to help her control the situation … by lying.
A politician is telling people to lie? Say it ain’t so, Joe!
Still some of the inside baseball is interesting.
On June 2, Weiner emailed Lee, “Do you need to talk to a professional PR type person to give u advice? I can have someone on my team call. [Yeah, my team is doing great. Ugh].”
Yes, the giant Weiner was suggesting that his problem was lousy PR people—you know, as opposed Weiner himself calling a reporter a jackass.
Weiner put on a full court press, urging Lee to lie about their relationship. On June 1, he emailed her: “The key is to have a short, thought out statement that tackles the top line questions and then refer people back to it. Have a couple of iterations of: ‘This is silly. Like so many others, I follow Rep. Weiner on Twitter. I don’t know him and have never met him. He briefly followed me and sent me a dm saying thank you for the follow. That’s it.'”
Weiner suggested a nice touch — some good ol’ Southern charm: “And then maybe insert some y’alls in there.”
Hmm, who was it that wrote “[w]hat a cute accent”…? By the way, for the record, not all Southerners say y’all. My impression is it’s more of a Texas thing although surely it doesn’t stop at that state’s border. Like no one said y’all when I lived in North Carolina, but obviously they did in Texas.
And for that matter, y’all isn’t limited to the South either. I feel a musical interlude coming on…
Still you should read the whole piece by TMZ. They point out that there is potential ethics trouble, here, too, because that PR staff might have been part of his office staff.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]