A staffer in the office of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has been let go following some over-the-top comments he made on Twitter. Despite the multitude of politicians who have been caught with their pants down, so to speak, on social media lately, it appears as though there are still some who refuse to learn the difference between professionalism and the type of crazy stuff this former staffer tweeted.
The newspaper Roll Call first reported that Blake Schritter, an office manager for Congressman Gosar, had tweeted several violent and bizarre messages on his personal Twitter account “@drunkenbs” (which has since been taken down). Before any of the tweets are even revealed, however, it’s necessary to point out how ridiculous this username is for anyone in politics, or any type of professional position whatsoever.
Still, it’s not the Twitter name that forced Schritter out of a job, it’s what he tweeted.
Roll Call got a hold of some of Schritter’s tweets before his account was pulled offline, and most of them are just clearly inappropriate, if not downright scary. Here are some examples:
“The line at the post office is moving at a glacial pace. I’m ready to open fire with a handgun to get some damn service!”
“The Rep. Weiner Twitter scandal is all over the news. Note to self: when in politics, never shag and shout.”
“I can’t believe how unprofessional liberal professors can be. I’m sitting here, cleaning my gun, thinking…this is a classroom!!!”
Like I tell anyone new to Twitter, whether you succeed or fail really boils down to whether you tweet with common sense. It’s pretty obvious that a Congressman wouldn’t want to be associated with the sentiment in Schritter’s tweets, and I’m not surprised that they accepted his resignation. I am surprised, quite frankly, that he was able to tweet the way he has been since May 31st, even if it was from his personal account.
It’s not as if we need to learn another lesson in what not to do on Twitter, but in case you’re wondering: do not tweet about violence, especially gun violence, if you’re in politics. Or if you’re in social media. Or if you’re any type of functioning member of society at all, really.
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