Not only do Republicans use Twitter and Facebook more often than Democrats, my own casual observations found that they do it with a little more humor (or snark). Taking a spin through recent congressional tweets, I found a few Republican zingers, like:
— Rep. Jack Kingston (@JackKingston) April 7, 2013
— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) April 5, 2013
I found a Democrat trying to be funny too, but at his own expense:
Me: "Did u know I am running a 10 mile race tomor?" My 4 yr old son: "Yup. Mom says you're real slow." #truthhurts
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) April 6, 2013
Democrats (and left-leaning independents) are more likely to refer to themselves in the third person (or, rather, their staff members don’t bother pretending to be the boss):
— Al Franken (@alfranken) April 5, 2013
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 5, 2013
Lastly (and, frankly, a little disappointingly), I only found one member of Congress tweeting about what he was eating:
Suisan poke bowl for lunch. Stoked. twitter.com/brianschatz/st…
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) April 4, 2013
Seemed fitting that the only member of Congress using the word “Stoked” was from Hawaii.
Do you follow any members of Congress on Twitter or Facebook? I think I’ll be following them all a little more closely now.
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