The Week on Politwoops: Post TV, Tuesday’s Elections and Kittens


While Wall Street minted a few billionaires and many millionaires with yesterday’s Twitter IPO, Sunlight’s non-profit Politwoops got to celebrate the occasion with some recent deletions on the Washington Post’s In Play show:

Aside from the three ‘twoops mentioned in the Post TV segment, here are some other notable deletions from the past week. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, shared a link to the trendy eyeglasses company, Warby Parker, with the message “I’m stoked to try these beauties on from the comfort of my own hooome!” Rep. Weber, or the staffer who runs his account, deleted their excitement after just 11 seconds.

The campaign account for Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., enjoyed a video of some kittens adorably struggling to climb a large step and tweeted “I like @CynthiaY29’s ‘Kittens Conquer The Stairs, HEROES’ on @tellyapp.” This tweet was deleted after 22 minutes, though his Telly account still lists that as his only liked video. Buddy Carter, the Republican who is running for Congress in Georgia, continues to share the statistics of his Twitter account from the JustUnfollow service. Two weeks ago we pointed out his deletion that showed he gained 17 follower and lost 12. This week he deleted “10 tweeps followed (thank you!) and 2 unfollowed (goodbye!) me in the past week. Thank you.” Looks like his net gain has gone from up from 5 new followers a week to 8, congrats Buddy!

Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., reacted to Bradley Byrne winning the Republican House primary in Alabama with a tweet saying “Congrats to my newest colleague @BradleyByrne ! Looking forward to welcoming him to the House. #AL01.” Unfortunately, he still has the general election to win before he becomes her colleague and her more accurate tweet that read “Congratulations to @BradleyByrne for becoming the GOP nominee for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District! #AL01” was also deleted as these campaign-related tweets likely violate the franking rules of House, as politicking from an official account (paid for by taxpayers) is a no-no.

In another race that concluded this week, failed gubernatorial Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis, spent much of Tuesday’s election sharing tweets from his supporters. At some point he decided retweeting all these voters was not the right strategy and deleted many of these retweets, opting for favorites instead.

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., removed a retweet from ESPN about the Indianapolis Colts saying that “Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton is a dangerous combination.” Perhaps her office is not full of Miami Dolphin fans and maybe there is a traitor in the midst? Rep. Wilson, call your office. And the final notable twoop from the week was from Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., who first tweeted “I had the honor of meeting Captain Matt Zeller and his interpreter Rajiv Chandrasekaran.” Rep. Moran removed this tweet and changed the name of the interpreter to “Janis Shenwary” as Rajiv Chandrasekaran is the senior correspondent and associate editor at The Washington Post.

In addition to the Post TV segment, other recent press mentions include the Toronto Star naming Politwoops its “Site of the Week” and the Beyond Search blog looking to Politwoops when exploring how the “particularly rich field for deleted tweets lies in the political realm.” New politicians added to Politwoops this week include Charlie Crist, the new Democratic gubernatorial challenger in Florida, and Dan Frei, a newly announced challenger in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.