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Anthony Weiner may not be well know to those who don't watch MSNBC or who live outside the tri-state area, but in New York, the U.S. representative for the state's 9th congressional district is a pretty big deal. A rising star of the left and vocal GOP-baiter, Congressman Weiner has been touted as the presumptive Democratic front-runner for the 2013 New York City mayoral race.
As the Congressman's story changes and the press refuse to back away, we're fortunate enough to receive two sets of education for the price of one. The first is the classic lesson about crisis management. Oscillating between strained humor and genuine anger, refusing to comment and then refusing to talk about anything else, Mr. Weiner's strategy so far reads like a manual on what not to do.
At the same time we are also witnessing the dangerous potential of social media first hand. Whether an accident or, as he insists, a malicious attack, the congressman certainly did not intend for this photo (probably of himself) to be posted publicly. Today politicians and celebrities are permanently 'hot mic-ed' and they would do well to behave as such.
Fox News has some good suggestions on the topic: