Rep. Donna F. Edwards, who ran for Maryland's open Senate seat this year, is an established voice for liberal causes in Congress and has been an outspoken critic of what she sees as her party's failure to truly embrace African-Americans.
But when it comes to Twitter, the Prince George's County Democrat is apparently all thumbs.
Edwards' office has deleted no fewer than 119 tweets since the end of January — about one every two days — according to an archive of deleted tweets from elected officials maintained by the Sunlight Foundation website Politwoops. The group declares on its website that it created the archive so the public can "explore the tweets they would prefer you couldn't see."
The rate of deletions from Edwards is several times higher than the site identifies for her delegation colleagues. Sen. Ben Cardin, whose office deleted the next-highest number of tweets among Maryland's congressional delegation, nixed 15. Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings' account took back 14. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger's office thought better of nine.
It's not a matter of volume: Cardin has crafted about 1,100 more tweets overall.
Most of the deleted Edwards' tweets contained innocuous typos or broken links — thanking the summer "iterns" in August, referring to the Secretary of State in 1868 as William H. "Sward" instead of Seward, criticizing Senate Republicans for failing to confirm "Jude Garland" instead of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
Earlier this month, a deleted Edwards tweet thanked the labor movement for the "5 day weekend."
On Aug. 10 Edwards' office tweeted and then deleted three times a message celebrating the swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic on the court "7 yrs ago today."
The problem was that Sotomayor was actually sworn in two days earlier, on Aug. 8.
A spokeswoman for Edwards did not respond to a request for comment.