Congressman Anthony Weiner, New York Democrat, told reporters this week he has hired counsel to help him navigate through the recent Twitter scandalhe has found himself in, yet questions remain as to where the New York congressman will get funding to pay for his legal representation. When I asked Mr. Weiner on Wednesday if he would be paying for his lawyer from his own pocket, he answered he had not decided yet (audio).
It is typical for politicians and operatives on both sides of the aisle to raise money for legal representation when they find themselves in political trouble. Ironically, Rep. Weiner helped fellow New Yorker and Democrat Charlie Rangel raise money for a legal defense fund last August when Mr. Rangel was facing House ethics charges.
Mr. Weiner is not facing any legal or ethics violations of any kind at the moment, but he hired an attorney to consult with on “what civil or criminal actions should be taken” as a result of a lewd photo that was sent from Mr. Weiner’s Twitter account on Saturday night (H/T Politico).
The New York Democrat does not want any federal investigation, though he claims his Twitter account was hacked by a prankster making light of his surname.
It is expected that Congressman Weiner will be a candidate for mayor of New York in 2013, so some may wonder if Mr. Weiner will dip into his campaign war chest to fund his attorney in this Twitter matter.