When Gennette Cordova, the 21-year-old college student who received a picture of Rep. Anthony Weiner wearing gray boxer shorts via Twitter, was a high school senior, her class voted her the person “most likely to be involved in a tabloid scandal.” Fast-forward a mere four years and their prediction has already come true, as Cordova is now at the center of a lurid tabloid scandal.
In an interview with The New York Times, Cordova, who is African-American, said that she thought the photo wasn’t real.
“It didn’t make any sense,” she said. “I figured it must have been a fake.”
Cordova told the Times that Weiner had impressed her during a feisty exchange between him and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) on Fox News after which she and her boyfriend began following him on Twitter.
“I tweeted words of support for him as a politician, and I retweeted his tweets often beginning around early to mid-April,” she told the Times.
Soon after, Weiner began following her on the social network. Then some of his critics began sending her harassing messages and the two began a direct online correspondence about Weiner’s detractors. Cordova said that she never sent the congressman any suggestive messages but she was surprised by how casual he was. She did not, however, see the humor of the underwear photo, which Weiner said during his Monday press conference that he’d sent to her “as part of a joke.”
Cordova’s also not feeling the humor of her former classmates’ prediction these days, although four years ago she had fun posing for a picture that simulated her being involved in a scandal. Cordova has left Whatcom Community College and is completing her coursework by phone and e-mail, the Times reports.
“I’ve had a really hard time trying to fight these implications that I’ve been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a married congressman,” Cordova said.
(Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)