And Here I Just Swore Off the Gennette Cordova Angle… (Update: I Read the Weiner Transcript So You Don’t Have To)
[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
Update: See the end of the post where I spare you the horror of the Weiner transcript.
As I wrote this I had the nagging feeling that I would have to eat my words:
But having slept on it, I am not sure how much it matters if [Gennette Cordova and Anthony Weiner] were sexting each other and I don’t plan to pursue that further.
And I didn’t plan to, but the hidden caveat was “unless somehow it became relevant to a larger issue.” I mean my feeling was he admitted to sexting six women, some while he was married. Even if that makes her number seven, what is it except just more?
But then dang it if Verum Serum didn’t find something that it add to the larger issue. More on that in a minute.
First let’s back up. Let’s be real, here. I don’t have any firsthand knowledge, obviously. I just see what you and I see and hear and I have my opinions about human nature. But I think it strains credibility to say that they didn’t have an romantic relationship of any kind. I mean is it just a coincidence that she tweeted that Andrew Weiner was her boyfriend…
…and then about a month and a half later he sent that intimate photo?
Oh, and when announcing he was going to be on the Rachel Maddow show he mentioned the time in Seattle. And she lives in Seattle. And she retweeted that reference.
I mean which is more likely? That Rep. Weiner was just sending out that picture to a woman he barely knew, hoping she wouldn’t turn and run to the nearest newspaper with it?
Or that they had developed an online rapport and that exchanging photos like that was just part of what they did?
I suppose the first scenario is possible. One of my favorite sayings is that a man has enough blood for his penis and his brain, but not enough for both at the same time. Which is a humorous way of saying we men are dumber when we are horny. But even accounting for, um… blood drain, and the hubris that comes with higher office, I cannot believe that he would be that reckless (although if he was, then that is a reason to step down immediately).
But the simpler solution is just this. They had some kind of relationship where he felt comfortable sending that pic to her on the belief that she wouldn’t share it with anyone else. And bluntly, that is what I believe happened. That’s just my opinion formed based on those facts, but as far as I am concerned Cordova is one the around six girls he did this with.
And I had drawn that conclusion a couple hours ago, but still decided to let it go, thinking it was irrelevant.
Until I saw this by Verum Serum, where John compares the official statement released by Cordova with the advice that Weiner gave to Ginger Lee, and my-oh-my does it sound similar. Really, go read it. It’s almost impossible excerpt from it so you have to click on the link and read it.
Now TMZ raised the possibility that Ginger Lee received help from his Congressional Office to help with the PR. And it looks very much like Cordova got similar help, whether it was from Weiner’s Congressional Office or not—whoever helped Lee, might have helped Cordova, too. That’s just speculation but… yeah, that’s what it sounds like.
Also does that mean I think he was lying about sending that pic as a joke? Honestly, no, I think what he was doing was a Clintonian half-truth. I wouldn’t be surprised if he sent it as a dirty joke as in, “how happy am I to see you? (Click!) This happy!”–something like that.
Update: As promised, I am going to spare you the horror of the Weiner transcript, by telling you everything worth knowing about it. Seriously guys, you owe me for enduring this one. Apparently Radar Online identified its source as a Blackjack dealer in Las Vegas named Lisa Weiss and releasing the entire transcript of their conversations, with the really dirty words censored. Even then it’s, um, wow. Pretty awful stuff, so much so that Red Eye’s Andy Levy wrote “No way Weiner’s marriage survives this[.]” Most of it is mostly cringe-worthy, but there are several things worth noting.
First, it’s very clear that he never met the girl. She wanted to meet him for sex and kept saying things like when are you coming here, I have never wanted a man I never met before so badly, etc. He said he planned to meet with her, but gosh, just couldn’t get away. I interpret him frankly as stringing her along and in any case that supports his official claim that the relationships stayed online.
Second, when I say it is explicit I am not kidding. The worst part was when she describes being, um… stimulated by another man literally live as they were chatting on Facebook. He also describes having wet dreams about her, and very explicitly imagines what they could do to each other. And he sends her pics of his body, x-rated pics.
Third, there is admittedly a really funny, albeit dirty part when he imagines “making love” (to use a very sanitized phrase) to her as they watch The Daily Show and the Colbert Report. Ah, to be a fly on the wall when Jon Stewart reads that one…
And fourth is just about the only part I can quote: when the whole scandal broke. First, at least once she seemed to be passively-aggressively jealous (LW is Lisa Weiss; AW is the Weiner):
LW: hey are you facebook two-timing me?”
AW: yeah. big time
LW: you facebook sl-t
LW: i bet you have so many chicks after you! you are our liberal stud
And he might have ironically been telling the truth. I would have to check the timelines.
And then two messages from her, after it hit the fan. First, on May 31st:
omg! are u okay? so sorry u got hacked…i know u would never do anything like have fb sex or take pics of your c***…who is the b***** who ratted u out? I am the only fb chick u can trust
Mind you, she was being ironic. They had “facebook sex.” He apparently sent pics of his body to her. And they both knew it. That strikes me as sort of passive aggressive, too, because this means he was definitely cheating on her. I know, shocker, the man who is cheating on his brand new wife over the internet is not faithful to one other woman.
And then the next day:
u owe me big time for keeping this all quiet…i am defending u to the death on every blog and to everyone….telling everyone u would never send dirty messages to women
i know u haven’t been on here since u were hacked but i NEED to talk to u…someone contacted me about u…call me or something.
It speaks for itself.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]