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.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.