Jewish Rep. Steve Cohen says he was playing a joke on reporters by Tweeting — then quickly deleting — a flirty message to singer Cyndi Lauper.
Cohen, a Memphis Democrat, said he knew the Tweet, in which he thanked the ’90s star for “what a night,” would get attention because of a similar incident during the State of the Union speech involving his bikini model love child daughter, Politico reported.
“I tweeted exactly what I wanted to tweet and I deleted exactly what I wanted to delete,” Cohen told reporters at a press conference Friday.
Cohen, who is a lifelong bachelor, met Lauper at a White House event promoting the musical legacy of his hometown.
He later Tweeted: “@cyndilauper great night,couldn’t believe how hot u were.see you again next Tuesday.try a little tenderness,” the web site said. Another one read: “Cyndi,Wow what a night!See you next Tuesday and Try a little tenderness again!Wow!What a special night.Thanks Steve.”
He quickly deleted the Tweets, which he said were designed to nettle reporters who keep track of his account.
He joked that Justin Timberlake and a group called the Alabama Shakes, who were also at the event, were just as “hot” as Lauper.
Cohen’s first Twitter misstep came when social media-watchers noted his overly familiar Tweets to sexy bikini model Victoria Brink during President Obama’s state of the union address to the nation.
Cohen later disclosed that Brink was actually his daughter from a long-ago relationship and he had only recently discovered their relationship.
“Pleased u r watching. Ilu,” he Tweeted at the time, using a popular shorthand for “I love you.”
“When she let me know she was watching the State of the Union address… I had such joy, that I couldn’t hold back from tweeting her,” he told NBC news.
Cohen, a four-term lawmaker, is the first Jewish congressman from Tennessee.