The Weinergate debacle continues to dominate the news cycle. And while admittedly we wrote off the controversy at first as mere gossip (that was before Rep. Weiner couldn't tell if it was actually his dick in the photo or not), there has been perhaps a more important story to tell: that of Seattle resident and Bellingham student Gennette Cordova, the young woman to whom said dick pic was sent.
"Weinergate" has put a Seattle college cutie through the wringer -- jeopardizing her academic dreams, embarrassing her family and shattering her privacy.
"I'm just collateral damage," Gennette Cordova, 21, lamented in explaining how her world was turned upside-down when she wound up on the receiving end of a lewd, underwear-clad crotch shot sent from Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter account.
"I just want this to be over," she told The Post yesterday during an exclusive photo shoot and interview near her Bellingham, Wash., college campus.
Cordova is a 21-year-old journalism major who lives in Seattle. She started following Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) on Twitter because she liked his message and his attitude.
She has said repeatedly that she has never met Weiner, talked privately with him, or seen any more of his (alleged) junk than the rest of the world has now thanks to the scandal.
Since Weinergate started, she's been inundated with interview requests from media. Her friends and family members have received calls from people claiming to be one of her old friends, and her background has been dug up as activists and bloggers hope to turn her into a political football that can be spiked upon Weiner's career.
It's all quite sad.
The interview she gave with the Post appears to be her one major attempt to say "Leave me the fuck alone."
Still, during the interview, Cordova did manage to throw some fuel on the rumor that the cock shot was meant for a porn star that Rep. Weiner used to follow on Twitter. The porn star's name is Ginger, and Cordova says she thinks "it makes sense he might have mixed us up."
But who knows?
Anthony Weiner knows. But given that his initial media blitz only furthered the controversy, one would imagine that he's going to shut up for a few days.
Cordova, meanwhile, is hoping to get back to her normal life.
Cordova, a journalism student whose college finals are under way, said she's still in school but has dropped some classes.
"I haven't slept much," she said. "I've just been constantly monitoring what's being said about me. It's crazy."
Cordova said her family and friends have created "a love bubble" around her, with her boyfriend making her tea and her mom, siblings and cousins shielding her from the press.
"I don't really get the whole situation," she said.
"I've just been thinking about how I can get my privacy back."