It’s not Monday without a Member of Congress making a very public faux pas the week before ... and on the social networking site Twitter, no less. (Members, never stop tweeting. Politics and Twitter paint the rest of our lives with a bit of Technicolor.)
On Friday afternoon, someone tweeted from Rep. Allen West’s Twitter account: “Very sorry about the unauthorized RT. We were not hacked, an intern made an error. Apologies to all.”
And just what was the unauthorized retweet from the Florida Republican’s account? Glad you asked. It was a tweet from the Scissor Sisters, the very out-of-the-closet three-person band specializing in dance tracks and camp.
The group tweeted: “Dear Tracy Morgan’s son: if you are gay, you can TOTALLY come live with me. We’ll read James Baldwin & watch Paris is Burning. xxANA”
West’s staff is in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a retreat, and the interns are manning the office.
One intern got on the official feed for the Congressman, who is known for saying, “Gay marriage is an oxymoron,” and retweeted the tweet. He has since been fired.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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