Rep. Weiner cancels speech at Wisconsin state Dem convention in wake of 'Weinergate'

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) canceled a scheduled speech Friday night at the Wisconsin state Democratic convention.

The cancellation comes a week after a tweet featuring a lewd picture was sent from Weiner's Twitter account, which the New York Democrat has said was a prank. The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before sparking a controversy that shows no sign of calming.

Weiner has faced a flurry of media attention around the so-called "Weinergate." He has maintained that his account was hacked and has said he has retained legal counsel and hired a security firm to look into the matter.

Weiner made no comment about the cancellation.

Wisconsin state Democrats said Weiner was told he was still welcome to speak at the convention even in the wake of the tweet.

"He decided to spend the weekend with his wife," Wisconsin state Chairman Mike Tate said Friday.