Just two days after being sworn in, Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.) made his first freshman mistake – violating a House rule and then promptly getting called out publicly for it on Twitter.
The newbie was given the chance to preside over the House on Thursday, and in all the excitement, whipped out his iPhone to capture the memory. He then tweeted two shots of the empty House chamber, calling it the “temple of democracy.” Photography on the chamber floor is a big no-no.
After Bishop was informed of the rules on Twitter by NBC reporter Frank Thorp V he deleted his photos.
But The Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops database captures politicians’ deleted tweets. So Bishop’s mistake is preserved for all time. (Bishop has since blocked the guy who leads Politwoops.)
Bishop’s spokeswoman, Kelli Ford, told the Loop that the congressman was just excited.
“In a moment of awe he made an honest mistake, and he won’t do it again,” she said.
Too bad for Bishop he didn’t take his photos in the hours on Tuesday when there weren’t any rules on the House floor. At that time, before the new Congress voted on its own rules, lawmakers were taking selfies and posing for photos, according to CQ-Roll Call, which described the scene as “the wild, Wild West in terms of decorum.”