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Wednesday
Jun082011

Congressman Weiner's Woes Inspire Spirit Airlines Offer

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(MIRAMAR, Fla.) -- In America, it's possible to make a buck off of mostly anything, including a U.S. congressman's virtual sex scandal.

That's just what Spirit Airlines has done in hopes of capitalizing on Rep. Anthony Weiner's woes.  The New York Democrat with the unfortunate last name, given his current problems, is embroiled in a controversy surrounding lewd photos and messages he admitted sending to several women via texts and through social networking websites.

Spirit clearly was inspired by Weiner's travails.  An e-mail ad that debuted on Tuesday features a hot dog with the tag line, "Check out our BIG Weiner Sale boasting fares just too hard to resist.  Hurry to book now before this sale gets hacked."

Weiner initially claimed the lewd photo that started the scandal was sent after his Twitter account was hacked.

The Spirit Airlines offer sounds like a pretty good deal too, with fares starting at just $9 each way.  The catch is that only members of the Spirit Airlines Fare Club are eligible for the reduced fares on select travel dates.  The offer ends Wednesday.

Other entrepreneurs are also hoping to get rich quick off of Weiner, including online marketplace Café Press, which now sells "Weinergate" bumper stickers and t-shirts that read, "don't tweet your meat."

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