Flirtatious tweet mistakenly sent by Pugh aide, spokesman says
By Julie Scharper
Jun 13, 2011 | 10:32 AM
Update: Following the inquiries from The Baltimore Sun, the @pughformayor account now says, "By authority: Committee to elect Catherine E. Pugh..."
A flirtatious tweet sent from state Sen. Catherine Pugh's account was the result of a staffer's mix-up, a campaign spokesman said today.
The staffer, legislative aide Gary Brown, sent a tweet from Pugh's account saying "mmm mmm good looking men here" Saturday night, while at an Associated Black Charities gala at Martin's West, said campaign spokesman Anthony McCarthy.
Brown thought he was logged into his personal account, but was actually logged into Pugh's account when he sent the tweet, McCathy said.
Within minutes of tweeting from Pugh's account, Brown sent a prim-and-proper message from his own account about being pleased to attend the gala. Both tweets were deleted following inquiries from The Baltimore Sun.
Brown will no longer be tweeting for Pugh, McCarthy said.
McCarthy also said that Brown, who is a legislative assistant, volunteers for the campaign in his free time. He did not send campaign tweets while he was on the clock, McCarthy said.
Pugh could run into another problem with her Twitter account -- it does not include a line saying that is authorized by her campaign committee. Under a state law passed last year, candidates are required to include an authority line on
campaign-related social networking sites.
McCarthy said he thought the line was not necessary because Pugh has not yet filed to run for mayor. I've put in a call to State Board of Elections director Jared DeMarinis for clarification.