The Week on Politwoops: a YMCA bus, a drone and $s
It was a very busy week for Politwoops with a number of notable deletions, a slew of mentions by major media outlets and tens of thousands of new visitors.
We start off with a deletion from Adam Kwasman, an Arizona state legislator and Republican congressional candidate, who removed a tweet from his campaign account that said, “Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law. #AZ01” with the image to the right attached. The curious message was supposed to be a reference to a bus of migrant children that was expected to come through the area, but unfortunately for Kwasman, that bus never came. The bus he photographed was full of kids going to a YMCA came who cheerfully photographed and waved at the protest they went through.
In an awkward interview with KPNX reporter Brahm Resnik, Kwasman stated he saw the “fear on their faces.” In writing about the interview, Resnik says, “I had to break it to Kwasman that those weren’t migrant children. Kwasman later deleted the tweet. He did back flips trying to take back the story he told me.” The story and the deleted tweet made quite a splash in the media and Politwoops was cited in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, Newsweek, ABC News, Washington Examiner, Reuters, Huffington Post and many more.
Earlier today, the campaign account for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., deleted a week old tweet that said, “Check out “The Fireworks at Randy and Sean’s Wedding” on Vimeo http://t.co/ZYQosKP8Xr #Vimeo #aerialdrone #fireworks #wedding.” The deleted tweet linked to a video of Maloney’s wedding with footage shot by an aerial drone. That video was also deleted, but Politwoops caught a screenshot of the page which can be seen to the left. While conservative organizations highlighted the extravagance of the wedding, the New York Daily News asked the Federal Aviation Administration if the drone use violated rules on flying drones for commercial purposes, which prompted an investigation of the incident. Maloney serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s aviation subcommittee that oversees the FAA and his opponent, former Rep. Nan Hayworth, called for Maloney to step down from the aviation subcommittee. His campaign has not responded to a request for comment on the deleted tweet.
Finally this week, there’s the official account of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., that deleted an eloquent missive sent from a Blackberry that says, “$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.” Have a great weekend and please let me know if we’re missing any politicians from the project!