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February 15th, 2013
07:44 PM ET

Congressman's secret on Twitter goes public... again

Our third story OutFront – social media secrets.

Another Congressman has found himself in an awkward situation because of Twitter.

During this year's State of the Union address, Representative Steve Cohen was spotted tweeting. And while it's kind of disrespectful to live-tweet the President's speech, especially if you're sitting right there, that's not what raised eyebrows.

What was more shocking to people was who he was tweeting with: a 24-year-old bikini model.

During the speech, Cohen accidentally made public what were supposed to be private Twitter messages to a young woman named Victoria Brink.

Many felt the messages were flirtatious, which prompted a member of Cohen's staff to quickly explain that the girl was “the daughter of a longtime friend, and they're pretty much like family.”

As you can imagine, most people didn't buy that explanation, and many assumed it was yet another example of an older Congressman in a secret relationship with a much younger woman.

And then the truth came out – she’s actually his daughter! It turns out that Rep. Cohen, who is not married, recently discovered he has a daughter, and has been communicating and keeping in touch with her over Twitter.

But seriously, have our elected officials learned nothing from Anthony Wiener? Here we have a Congressman who has a daughter that he decided to keep out of the public eye, even though there's nothing actually scandalous about that, and yet when he tweeted, it all came to light.

Here's some advice: if you need to keep something secret – and I'm sure members of Congress do – stay off Twitter!


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