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D.C. Board of Elections posts partisan tweet, renounces it

Probably not a good thing to have partisan tweet coming from this acct. RT @dcboee: Really, Scott Brown?… via @tpm

— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) September 27, 2012


Earlier today, the official Twitter feed for the D.C. Board of Elections issued a message with an unusually partisan tinge.

”Really, Scott Brown?” the tweet read, referring to the Massachusetts Republican senator and linking to a Talking Points Memo story questioning his criticism of Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Native American heritage.

The tweet was deleted this afternoon, and the board issued another message saying it “did not originate with Board.”

Under local and federal laws, government employees are prohibited from participating in partisan political activities on the job — a stricture that is particularly sensitive for an elections board.

Board spokesman Wesley Williams said he could not address who might have sent the tweet or who had access to the board’s account.

“We didn’t put it up there; we don’t know how it got up there,” he said. “We’ve taken measures to make sure that’s not a possibility again.”

UPDATE, 5:20 P.M.: A colleague notes that it is not at all difficult to inadvertently tweet a link to the TPM article: There’s a “Tweet” link above the story that automatically formats a tweet identical to the one sent by the BOE account. It takes two clicks to send that out to the world.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.


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