Skip to content

The tweeters take a hit at the Statehouse

November 19, 2012

Is there a Rhode Island lawmaker willing to embrace the get-it-all-out-there ethos of Twitter once the General Assembly launches a new session in January?

One of the legislature’s leading tweeters, Jon Brien, won’t be back after losing a write-in campaign to Woonsocket firefighter Stephen Casey. And Brien recently deactivated his Twitter handle (@RepJonDBrien50), as the ever-alert Chas Walker noticed.

Dan Gordon, another frequent tweeter, won’t be back this session, either. Nor Bethany Moura.

Of course, the lawmakers whose Twitter feeds would be most interesting — say, Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed — are the ones least likely to share such inside news and candid observations.

Fox went up on Twitter during his recent campaign. But he seems bound to repeat the path of House Finance chairman Helio Melo and Senate Finance chairman Dan DaPonte: more frequent tweets during campaigns and not much otherwise (beyond monitoring some of us reporters during committee meetings).

Meanwhile, the current House progressives haven’t come close to replicating the insurgent tweeting style of former reps Chris Fierro and Ray Sullivan.

So who’s ready to take on the mantle of bringing the General Assembly into the brave new world of social media?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2012 4:17 am

    Who, indeed? Every member’s twitter handle could easily be included in his/her official contact information. . . which leads me to wonder how many of our legislators even use the medium.

Trackbacks

  1. Progress Report: Homless Families ‘Flood’ RI; Israel v. Palestinians; Caramadre as Robin Hood; Leglslators Should Tweet
  2. Did you know the RI House has a Pinterest page? « On Politics

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,261 other followers

%d bloggers like this: