Don't Call it a Comeback
Hurricane Sandy finally got ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner to return to the scene of the transgression that cost him his seat in the House of Representatives–Twitter. Mr. Weiner took to the social media site this morning to post a link to a video encouraging people to support storm relief efforts in the Rockaways. It was hit first tweet since he admitted sending multiple women lewd photos and messages on the site before resigning from office in June 2011.
As is her custom, provocative conservative commentator Ann Coulter was decidedly politically incorrect in her assessment of the final presidential debate last night. Ms. Coulter took to Twitter where she used a derogatory term to describe President Barack Obama.
“I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard,” Ms. Coulter wrote.
Lena Dunham, the star of HBO’s hipster coming-of-age comedy Girls, has already dabbled in film, magazine writing and literature, but she seems to increasingly be adding local political activism to her resume. Last night, Ms. Dunham took to Twitter to express her support for the Paid Sick Days bill, which many politicos believe has been unfairly stalled by Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
“I’m always sick or convinced I’m sick. A flu shouldn’t cost you your job. That’s why I support #paidsickdays U Can 2,” Ms. Dunham wrote before including a link to an online petition asking Ms. Quinn to allow the bill to come to a vote on the floor of the City Council.
The Vallone Zone
Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. has long maintained a prolific and popular presence on Facebook, but last month, he added Twitter to his social media repertoire. Though Mr. Vallone started sending tweets September 12, New York City politicos somehow didn’t seem to see the account until last week. As soon as we heard the news Mr. Vallone joined Twitter we reached out to discuss his plans for his posts on the site, whether he’ll be maintaining his Facebook page and speculation he may run for Queens Borough President or District Attorney once he’s term-limited out of the Council at the end of next year.
“I’m just learning the Twitter thing. I don’t even know how to respond or anything like that. I’m not sure what happens once I tweet…I don’t know how to check to see if people paid attention to my tweet. I’m just learning this stuff,” said Mr. Vallone.
Earlier this week, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer issued a statement in support of the pop singer Lady Gaga after Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro deemed her a “slut” due to her alleged onstage drug use. Today, Ms. Gaga returned the favor.
“To @scottmstringer of Manhattan, thanku for your support of my activism as a new yorker. You show political integrity + a modern vernacular,” the musician wrote on Twitter.
Shooting Your Mouth Off
This morning, as the world reacted to the news of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 people dead, the American Rifleman, an official journal of the National Rifle Association, sent a rather insensitive message from their Twitter account.
“Good morning, shooters. Happy Friday! Weekend plans?” the tweet said.
Reality television star, real estate mogul and former Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump thinks former Congressman Anthony Weiner is trying to make a comeback after his sex scandal last year. Mr. Trump does not like this one bit.
“Degenerate former Congressman Anthony Weiner is trying to make a comeback. He is a sick & perverted man that New York does not want or need,” wrote Mr. Trump on his Twitter page this afternoon.
Lena Dunham, the star, creator and producer of HBO’s hipster-ific series Girls, took to Twitter today to encourage her more than 200,000 followers to take on the Tea Party by “eat[ing] dope shit” at a series of dinners dedicated to raising money to defeat a “targeted list” of Tea Party incumbents picked by a liberal super PAC. The dinners are hosted by hosted by a group called Downtown For Democracy and Ms. Dunham’s real-life best friend, Audrey Gelman (who uses the handle @grumplstilskin on Twitter and works as press secretary for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer) is a member of the Downtown For Democracy Board.
“Want to eat dope shit for a wonderful cause? Support D4D and my oldest best #girl @grumplstiltskin,” Ms. Dunham tweeted along with a link to the dinner series.
Shock & Awe
The Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee are acting positively shocked about some mildly coarse remarks made by Democrats celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. Hours after the ruling yesterday, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers sent out a fundraising email highlighting a pair of Tweets from Democratic National Committee staffers.
“Right after the Supreme Court’s decision this morning the Democratic National Committee started celebrating – these are direct quotes: ‘it’s constitutional. B****es.’ ‘TAKE THAT MOTHER******S!!’ This is the party that speaks for women? I’m appalled,” Ms. McMorris Rodgers wrote.
This morning, Mitt Romney’s adviser Eric Fehrnstrom took to Twitter to decry the Obama campaign selling t-shirts based on Vice President Joe Biden’s infamous 2010 quote that the law was a “big f***king deal.”
Today, political types experienced déja vu and marveled at Al Sharpton’s weight loss. Here’s our roundup of the day’s best Tweets from the campaign trail.