The last time Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) made news for tweeting, it was just after this year's State of the Union. Those tweets, which were quickly deleted, were aimed at 24-year-old model and seemed flirtatious in nature. As it turns out, Cohen was tweeting at his secret daughter, not his secret mistress, and what seemed like a standard sex scandal instead turned into one of the more bizarre ones in recent memory.
On Wednesday, Cohen again made an ill-advised and quickly deleted tweet, though this one was aimed at an 80s pop star who, presumably, is not also Cohen's daughter.
"@cyndilauper great night,couldn't believe how hot u were.see you again next Tuesday.try a little tenderness."
That tweet, recorded and saved by Politiwoops, was up for just 21 minutes before Cohen, or someone on his staff, deleted it. As the Washington Post noted, it's not clear whether he was referring to her looks or her performance at Tuesday night's White House Memphis Soul event. "the try a little tenderness" line is apparently in reference to the Otis Redding song by the same name, which Lauper performed at the concert.
A rep for Cohen confirmed the congressman wrote the tweet himself, but declined to comment further. Cohen continued to praise Lauper on Thursday, telling his congressional colleagues from the House floor: "While there were a lot of great performers there, I want to put a particular shout out to Miss Cyndi Lauper. She's special...I would suggest to my colleagues in the other side they ought to try a little tenderness on occasion."
Sweet burn against Republicans or not, Cohen should probably stay away from Twitter, lest he make more potentially inappropriate comments or reveal any more secret family members.
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