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Say Again, Senator Dodd?

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 18 2010

Ignorance of the ins and outs of social media has, perhaps, at least something going for it. Contra Rep. Jared Polis, whom who might remember doesn't let anyone in his Hill office have access to this Twitter account, Senator Chris Dodd admitted a few weeks ago to Carrie Budoff Brown that, according to Brown, "I wouldn't know how to tweet if my life depended on it." Nonetheless, @SenChrisDodd does exist, and it enjoys nearly 13,000 followers.

And those followers were treated this afternoon to a saucy tweet from Dodd's account that read, "U love torturing me w this sh_t." (The tweet has been cleaned up out of respect for our readers' sensitivities.) Hmm? Seems, perhaps, like a staffer's direct message gone awry. Dodd's office deleted the tweet, and followed up with a note which making entirely clear its provenance: "From Dodd Staff - Apologies to Dodd's followers, last tweet was not from Chris Dodd." One thing going for whomever sent the offending tweet: there's a good chance that Dodd will have no idea what went down, even after someone explains it to him.