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S.D. Politicians’ Zombie Tweets Live on at Politiwoops

FILE: Rick Weiland
Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland.

(NPN) — Politicians and their careers eventually end up in graveyards actual and political. But their Twitter posts—even ones they’ve “killed”—remain zombies—undead–on Politiwoops.

Even South Dakota’s major politicians have found their “oops” moments documented on the site.

Fortunately for Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Sen. John Thune, Sen. Tim Johnson, Rep. Kristi Noem, former Gov. Mike Rounds and U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland, their Twitter faux pas are not the career killers that some of their political brothers and sisters have tweeted—then untweeted.

Still, there are few zombies in the collection that make you want to go “hmmm.”

Perhaps the funniest untweet comes from Rep. Noem.

She tweeted, “Mouse ran in my office door tonight! Chased him out but trying to keep that from happening again. Any suggestions?”

She included a photo of the bottom of her office door but deleted the tweet 48 seconds after posting it. Perhaps she didn’t want to upset the South Dakota’s large pro-mice rights movement.

The oddest tweet and deletion comes from Gov. Daugaard.

He tweeted, “RT @RealTimeWWH: White House press corps, just told of Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, are rushing to phones to contact editors.” That came down after 10 minutes. Perhaps Gov. Daugaard didn’t want to start a “War of the Worlds” panic with misinterpreted news that the Japanese had again attacked the United States.

The most cryptic message and deletion comes from Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland.

He tweeted, “@bjs5555 your (sic) the best!!” That lasted only 36 minutes.

And who is bjs5555? According to her Twitter profile, it is a woman named BJ Shawd who likes to “Tweet 4 all (D) candidates for U.S. House/Senate/Govs.” Nothing odd about that. But her profile header is of a baby in a bikini and a woman in a bikini on a deck sunning themselves. Probably a prudent attempt at deletion.

To do your own zombie tweets searches on politicians or states of your choice, go to http://politwoops.sunlightfoundation.com/. Politiwoops is a project of the Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to open government.

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