It was another busy week for our archive of deleted tweets from politicians and here we’ve collected some of the most notable removals.
Early this morning, the account of Republican South Dakota state Representative and U.S. Senate challenger Stace Nelson deleted a tweet from a Blackberry that read, “@artsurfer @DennisHPowers @SteveScalise you ASSume something nit in evidenceam” and appears to be a response to a tweet from @artsurfer that says, “@RepStaceNelson @DennisHPowers @SteveScalise No worries, Holder’s fainting scare won’t affect his brain…it is safely in his arse.” The response from state Rep. Nelson was deleted in just one minute, but his account marked the tweet from @artsurfer as a favorite, as seen in the image to the right. These messages appear to be referencing the hospitalization of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. after he “experienced lightheadedness and shortness of breath.” We’ve reached out to the campaign for comment and will update this post with any response.
The campaign account for Nan Hayworth, a former member of Congress and Republican challenger in New York, deleted a tweet and associated Facebook post on Monday that read, “Here’s Nan in her office as a newly-minted ophthalmologist in July 1989. #ThrowbackThursday #tbt.” The tweet and Facebook post reappeared on Thursday after whomever runs the account checked their calendar. Another campaign account that Politwoops caught brushing up on their social media policies was Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., who we watched delete more than a hundred tweets and we wrote about on Wednesday.
In what is plainly a mistake from a staffer not realizing they were in the right Twitter account, Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., tweeted “@RepSeanDuffy standing up for the little guy! #privacy #oversight #Reform #CFPB. Go get ’em boss! #HR3193” and the image to the left of an EyeTV screenshot of Rep. Duffy speaking on the floor of the House.
The official Twitter account of Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., marked a return to Politwoops with a sputtering and perhaps scatological missive shared from a Blackberry that said, “P. P. P oO P.” The tweet was deleted in 52 seconds and is the first deletion associated with him in more than a year. Rounding out the week in cryptic deleted tweets, the official account for Gov. Tom Corbett, R-Pa., removed a message linking to this video with the text, “SOCHI 2014 – Speed Skating Double Dash Final (aka – if you love Mario Kart and Olympics, this is must watch)” and Christine Jones, a Republican candidate for Governor of Arizona, deleted a tweet to her more than 2,000 followers that simply said, “Say hi to frank.”
Twitter accounts that Politwoops started following this week include the declared challengers for the seat of Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who announced her intentions to not run for re-election last May. Please email us if you find any candidates or politicians that we’re missing.