State Sen. Pugh denies sending flirtatious tweet
Twitter-addicted political junkies got a surprise last night when State Sen. Catherine Pugh's account published the following:
@PughforMayor: Mmm mmm good looking men here (@ Martin's West w/ 4 others) http://4sq.com/mHPlKY
Pugh, a candidate for mayor who was attending the Associated Black Charities gala, says she did not send the tweet-- and she did not even have her phone with her.
"I don't know why anyone would want to do that to me," she said. "It's not even my kind of terminology. I don't speak that way."
The tweet was sent using Foursquare, an app that allows users to record their location. That means whoever sent the tweet had to have been logged into Pugh's Foursquare account and been at or near Martin's West.
Pugh said her legislative assistant, Gary Brown, who was also at the gala, primarily handles her social media efforts. She said Brown had denied sending the tweet, although it's possible someone else could have picked up his phone.
Brown sent a tweet from the gala from his personal account, @gbhitman, within moments of Pugh's update, but that tweet was later deleted.
Pugh's tantalizing tweet, which was sent around 10 p.m., was promptly deleted after I inquired about it to campaign spokesman Anthony McCarthy.
But the local political twitterati had already spotted it and started a local internet meme. So far today, people have tweeted "mmm mmm good looking men here," from an airport, a bathroom mirror and even a church.
Pugh said her first inclination was to shut down her Twitter account, which is only followed by about 200 people. She has only been tweeting a few months, and while she occasionally sends updates herself, such as when her bills were passed in the General Assembly, staffers write most of the tweets.
McCarthy said he is "narrowing in" how the tweet was sent and that he has changed the passwords and limited access to Pugh's social media accounts.
Incidentally, Pugh was not the only mayoral candidate to tweet from the Associated Black Charities gala. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and former city planning director Otis Rolley III were there as well.