Scott Brown: Phone to blame for ‘Bqhatevwr’ tweets

February 19, 2013

Three weeks after tweeting (and then deleting) a series of strange messages, former senator Scott Brown spoke publicly on the tweets for the first time.

"Anyone ever hear of pocket tweet, pocket dial? I mean it was pretty simple," Brown told a local news station. "I mean, I have an iPhone 5. If anyone has iPhone 5, the keys are small. It's very, very sensitive."

On a Friday night in January, Brown responded to multiple critics with the message "whatever." To one antagonist, he shot back, "Your brilliant Matt," and to another, "Bqhatevwr."

Brown told Boston's Fox 25 that his daughter Ayla, a singer, "was teaching me how to get on Facebook and Twitter, and there were some areas I didn't really understand. So, after her concert, we were here in the living room and responded to a couple of people and then put it in my pocket. The next thing I wake up and it's trending worldwide," he said.

"I rarely drink, the last time I was ever drunk was my bachelor party," he said to those who suggested that alcohol played a role. "I guess no one has ever pocket dialed or pocket tweeted before."

Brown also said he thought he would "have a very good chance" of winning a special election for the Senate seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry, but that he couldn't put his family through two more campaigns in two years. He acknowledged that he was "thinking about" running for governor in 2014. "I’m gonna keep all options open," he said.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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Rachel Weiner · February 19, 2013