Imposter tweets for Hoyer during SOTU
Michael Kinsley defined a gaffe in Washington as a moment in which someone accidentally tells the truth.
Still, the messages on Rep. Steny Hoyer's Twitter account during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night suggested a shocking new level of candor, particularly from the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives.
“This AZ thing is working out for us very well,” read one Tweet attributed to the Southern Maryland Democrat and captured by blogger Steve Lunceford. “Look how Republicans fell for this bi-partisan seating crap.”
“He is going to veto bills with Earmarks?” Hoyer appeared to ask in another. “Load of Bull! He promised this a year or two ago. Whatever. At least the fool McCain is happy.”
In fact, Hoyer's old Twitter account – to which his official home page was still linked Tuesday night – was taken over by an imposter.
When Republicans took control of the House this month, Hoyer went from majority leader to minority whip. He opened a new account, @WhipHoyer and abandoned his old @LeaderHoyer – leaving an opening for a hacker to step in.
"Main key to politics: say arongantly things that u dont believe,” the imposter wrote, according to Ben Smith at Politico (the Tweets have been taken down and the account has been suspended). “The clowns on the st will sell ur load to others & get u elected.”
And finally, a taunt, captured by Lunceford:
“This is what happens when political offices pay for high-priced, money-sucking ‘social media’ firms that have no clue what they are doing.”
A Hoyer spokeswoman opted to look on the bright side.
"Just goes to show that Steny Hoyer has made it big on Twitter," spokeswoman Katie Grant said. "They say impersonation is the best form of flattery."