Welcome to another week’s review of some deleted tweets from politicians caught by the Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops project.
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, tweeted the image to the right and a message reading, “Enjoying a tour of Stratton Lumber Co., one of the Maine’s most fully automated lumber mills.” Someone running the account decided that this was not good messaging and opted instead for a tweet that says, “Thanks to Stratton Lumber Co. for this afternoon’s tour! Their state-of-the-art mill operations are very impressive!”
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., deleted a message with an unknown recipient that read “Do you want to get in on a Colorado delegation Super Bowl wager again the Washington delegation? If so, what district product would you …” Congressional delegations placing bets on major sports events is a common tradition and just last week Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., lost quite a bit of local sourdough and chocolates as her 49ers fell to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship. The Colorado delegation has yet to declare a Super Bowl wager against the Washington delegation, but the respective state offices of NORML, the marijuana reform group, have already declared a bet requiring the losing office to record them singing either “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver or “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix.
As seen in the image to the left, the campaign account of Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., spent much of yesterday thanking supporters and followers on Twitter. The only message of appreciation that was removed said “@POLITICandPORNO of course I do! Thanks for your support!!” The Twitter bio for this user is “Insights, Hippie Liberal Slant, Laughing at GOP, and Girls who enjoy taking pictures. Enjoy your day!” and often shares non-senatorial pictures. It appears that Sen. Inhofe was responding to a tweet from @POLITICandPORNO that said ““@jiminhofe: I appreciate the follow! @SophiaEJohnson” he do appreciate my follow I guess.” The tweet was removed from Sen. Inhofe’s account after 13 hours.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., accidentally shared some intra-office communications when his official account tweeted “What about something like this for status: Joined with Antioch Baptist Church earlier this month, I celebrated Dr….” The error was caught and deleted in 3 minutes and the replacement tweet lacked the “What about something like this for status” portion.
Ron George, a Republican running for Governor of Maryland, retweeted and later deleted a tweet from a reporter about a National Journal article about “Martin O’Malley’s Ron Burgundy Moment.” During his State of the State speech, Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., read the word “conclusion” off his teleprompter, though an aide later claims he uses “this device to signal to his audience that he is nearing the end of a speech.”
Some recent additions to Politwoops include Senate challengers in North Carolina and the accounts of Washington Governor Jay Inslee. As always, please let us know if there are other candidates or politicians we’re missing!