INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Social media is a must for politicians and political candidates these days, but Secretary of State Connie Lawson recently sent a tweet that has Democrats squawking. Connie Lawson has taken steps to make sure it doesn't happen again..
The tweet was sent out on Friday on a Twitter account owned by Secretary of State Connie Lawson. It encourages followers to sign up for Lawson's campaign Twitter feed and also to hit the "like" button on her campaign Facebook page. Lawson didn't send it. In fact, when she personally writes a tweet she puts her initials at the end, something explained at the top of her Twitter page.
Nevertheless, Democrats see opportunity.
"This is just one more thing on the list of how Secretary Lawson is not overseeing this process as she should," said State Democratic Chairman John Zody.
According to a spokeswoman for Lawson the troublesome tweet was sent by a Secretary of State employee who will not be identified but who is being punished. The problem is that state employees are prohibited from engaging in political activity while on government time. And so, now there are new security measures in place with regard to Connie Lawson's government Twitter account.
Democrats say that should have been the case all along.
"And if our chief elections officer here in the state of Indiana doesn't know the difference between right and wrong considering state ethics," said Zody, "I think that's an issue."
The spokeswoman for Lawson declined to discuss the matter on camera.
The Democrats may well be overplaying this and there's a reason for that. Connie Lawson was appointed to fill out the term of Republican Charlie White, who was convicted of voter fraud. Look for the Democrats to do everything they can between now and Election day 2014 to connect Lawson with White in the eyes of the voters.
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