The advice Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner gave Ben Affleck before you-know-what happened
When noted Democratic actor Ben Affleck wanted to research the role of a crooked congressman a couple of years ago, he knew right where to go: Rep. Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat in the House.
This was in 2008, mind you.
And Affleck was preparing to play the role of Stephen Collins in "State of Play."
It's your typical modern-day Hollywood movie about an ambitious, go-get-'em congressman with a beautiful wife who gets hung up on exchanging sexy messages and lewd photos with women all over the country until one day he fires off a shot of his enlarged underpants on Twitter and forgets to make it a Direct Message and there's no Unsend button.
So he announces that he's been hacked, but he can't be sure if those are his boxer briefs, and many who are intimately familiar with their own underwear start doubting him as photos leak out and he confesses at a news conference but says he never actually touched the women and refuses to resign.
Oh, no, wait. That's the real story of Rep. Weiner.
Affleck's fictional movie was about a murdered mistress and crusading members of the lamestream liberal media trying to solve the homicide and finally make American society right for a change.
Anyway, the actor and Weiner became fast, argumentative friends, according to an archived story in a certain New York City newspaper. They dined often and discussed many things and Weiner offered Affleck advice about what not to do as he plans a future in politics. (Don't challenge his friend in Massachusetts.)
Weiner said he developed "a grudging respect" for the actor. "He has good political instincts," Weiner added. "He said Barack was going to win and he turned out to be right." Weiner was referring to Barack Obama, a former state senator in the Chicago Democratic machine who now occupies the White House.
For his part, Affleck said Weiner "struck me as a guy who was more dynamic than a lot of people I met there."
That's one word for it.
-- Andrew Malcolm
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Photos: Andrew Burton / Getty Images (Weiner confessing); Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times (Affleck posing).