This morning around 9:44, a tweet came across my phone from Chris Collins. Here’s what it said:
If you were to follow that link, it leads to this article by Matt Spina about all of the Collins-supported candidates who won their Independence Party primaries, including Lynne Dixon and Kevin Hardwick.
But look carefully at that tweet. It’s not from Chris Collins. It’s not from Collins for our Future. It’s from “eriecountyexec“. Most of the tweets posted using that account are lauding various projects that Mr. Collins believes are beneficial to the county and helpful to its citizens. A politician using social media to tout how great of a job he’s doing is totally normal and expected. The website listed for that account is “www.erie.gov“.
What’s not expected is electioneering.
The county executive’s opinions concerning electoral successes last night among his slate of candidates is something that should not be going out on an Erie County Executive twitter account – an account that will probably be controlled in the future by other county executives. It should be for county business, not electioneering.
I tweeted this:
Naturally, no one responded. So I sent the following to Collins’ spokesman, Grant Loomis:
Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 10:35 AM
Grant – The “eriecountyexec” twitter account appears to be the one that Mr. Collins uses for county business:
I’m the Chief Executive Officer of Erie County, NY. Running Erie County like the billion dollar business that it is.
Location: Erie County, New York
Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Joined: Mon 23 Feb 2009 20:28
At 9:44 this morning, a tweet was sent from that account that read as follows:
Great night last night. http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/buffaloerie/story/797172.html
Can you please provide me a comment as to why the Erie County Executive’s twitter account would be commenting in any way on the goings-on in an Independence Party primary race? Shouldn’t the county executive’s official pronouncements have to do with county business, and not partisan politics? Shouldn’t Collins’ opinion concerning county races be reserved for a “Collins for our Future” campaign twitter account, and not for the account he uses for county business and the promotion thereof?
I’m happy to include whatever comment or statement in a post.
Thanks in advance,
The tweet in question, along with one having to do with a “Taxpayers’ Newsletter”, was deleted sometime this afternoon. I guess that’s all the comment/statement they had.