U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) found himself embroiled in perhaps the most bizarre Twitter scandal ever this week. Seriously … this tale makes the saga of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s wiener seem pretty straightforward by comparison.
Which we suppose it was (ba doom ching …).
Anyway, Cohen’s drama started prior to the State of the Union address when the 63-year-old unmarried lawmaker received a tweet from Victoria Brink, a 24-year-old blonde bombshell from Texas State University.
“Just saw u on tv!” Brink tweeted at the fourth-term liberal from Memphis, Tennessee.
That prompted this exchange …
Why is a 63-year-old congressman sending a 24-year-old woman Twitter shorthand for “I love you?” and telling her “Happy Valentines beautiful girl?” Oh … and why did he delete these tweets within minutes after sending them?
Cohen’s office initially responded to The Hill, telling the Washington D.C. publication’s gossip columnist Brink was “the daughter of a longtime friend” of Cohen’s.
As stories so often do in politics, however, this one quickly changed …
Hours later, Cohen was providing a vastly different explanation to NBC News – telling the network Brink wasn’t a love interest, but rather his own daughter.
“When she let me know she was watching the State of the Union address I was thrilled that she wanted Steve Cohen to be part of her (life),” Cohen told NBC. “I had such joy, that I couldn’t hold back from tweeting her.”
According to Cohen, he discovered he had a daughter three years ago.
“I googled her mother, found out she had a child and the math looked pretty accurate,” he told the network. “The mom told me we had a lot of catching up to do.”