Rep. Steve Cohen deletes tweet calling Cyndi Lauper "hot"

This after the Congressman raised eyebrows for intimate tweets to young woman, later revealed to be his daughter

By Prachi Gupta

Published April 12, 2013 4:50PM (EDT)

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., who made headlines a few weeks ago for seemingly suggestive tweets at a young woman who turned out to be his secret daughter, is in trouble with The Twitter again--this time, for a flirty, intimate tweet he sent to Cyndi Lauper.

On Tuesday, the congressman raised eyebrows with the following tweet, calling the singer "hot." He wrote: "great night,couldn't believe how hot u were.see you again next Tuesday.try a little tenderness." The tweet was up for only 21 minutes until Cohen deleted it, but it has been saved forever in all its glory thanks to site Politiwoops.

The Washington Post reports, however, that Cohen will hold a press conference at 1 pm ET to discuss the tweet, which may have been taken out of context. Cohen, a long-time supporter of the Memphis art scene, may have been referring to her performance at the White House's Memphis Soul night concert on Tuesday, and not her physical appearance.

From the Post:

A rep for Cohen confirmed it was the congressman himself who sent it, but declined further comment on the tweet. Cohen took to the House floor Thursday for more praise of the Memphis Soul night: “While there were a lot of great performers there, I want to put a particular shout out to Miss Cyndi Lauper. She’s special.” He singled out her rendition of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.” “I would suggest to my colleagues in the other side they ought to try a little tenderness on occasion.” Then more praise for Lauper –but no mention of the tweet one way or the other.

According to NBC producer Frank Thorp, Cohen sent the tweet out as publicity for Lauper:

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Prachi Gupta

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