Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers tweeted a series of celebratory messages about the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as the GOP vice presidential candidate but then deleted them later on.
"It was yet another indication that lawmakers, who are working hard to be hip to social media, haven't quite mastered the nuances of communications in an electronic age," the Sunlight Foundation's Kathryn Lucero wrote of these recent incidents. "Social media has helped congressional offices connect with constituents. ... But the easy access to these new media platforms, like Twitter, has led many elected officials to impulsively blurt out their opinion regarding campaign-related matters."
Correction: 10:15 a.m.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.