Congressman Fires Staffer Over Inadvertent Tweet
Congressman Raul Labrador apparently doesn’t cut his staff many breaks:
A spokesman for Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador has reportedly been fired for mistakenly tweeting from his boss’ account during the Super Bowl about a risque ad for the CBS sitcom “2 Broke Girls.”
“Me likey Broke Girls,” Phil Hardy, who had been operating Labrador’s Twitter account, tweeted Sunday after seeing the spot that featured the show’s stars—Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs—pole-dancing to Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”
The tweet was deleted within 14 seconds but was quickly archived by Politwoops, a website that collects deleted tweets from politicians.
“For Rep. Raúl R. Labrador, the most memorable moment seemed to come during an ad for CBS’s 2 Broke Girls involving a stripper pole, clothes being ripped off, and a cherry being seductively consumed,” Politwoops cheerily explained.
Labrador’s office issued a public apology for the tweet on Monday. According to the Idaho Statesman, Labrador then fired Hardy, who had worked for the Republican congressman since 2010.
Apparently Hardy had control of Labrador’s official account as well as his personal account and, well, got the accounts mixed up. Not an uncommon occurrence. Termination seems a bit harsh under the circumstances.