[CORRECTED] Rep. Schakowsky to Andrew Breitbart: Leave Weiner Alone!

June 1, 2011 9:39 a.m.

Correction: The comments of Rep. Schakowsky were incorrectly attributed to Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) in the original version of this post. We regret the error.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) fiercely defended Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) Wednesday as he continues to be bombarded by the press over a lewd picture of an unidentified man’s crotch that appeared on his Twitter account, accusing conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart of unfairly targeting Weiner and distorting his image.

“I am well aware of Andrew Breitbart, his chasing around with microphones in my face, his distortions [of] ACORN and Shirley Sherrod … he has in my view no credibility whatsoever,” Schakowsky said. “I have no belief that there’s anything going on with Anthony Weiner, who also happens to be a happy, pretty lucky newlywed.”Weiner has claimed that his account was hacked.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dismissed the matter on Wednesday, saying it might help members take online security, in particular their Twitter accounts, more seriously.

“I would just say to members watch your accounts so you’re not invaded so nobody hacks into your account,” she said, adding that she has confidence in the way that Weiner has handled the matter.

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