Social media can be a powerful tool; it can also be a risky one. Just ask the Mike Pompeo campaign.
Wednesday afternoon a staffer used Twitter to post a link to a blog. That blog, said to be written by Gunnery Sergeant Bob Pinkstaff USMC retired, questions candidate Raj Goyle’s religious beliefs.
Here is an excerpt from the blog as written:
“Just like his evil muslim communist USURPER comrad, barack hussein obama, This goyle character is just another "turban topper" we don't need in congress or any political office that deals with the U.S. Constitution, Christianity and the United States of America!!!”
The Twitter posting was removed in less than an hour, but the Goyle campaign saw it and is responding.
“His (Mike Pompeo’s) campaign published this bigoted attack online under the heading 'here's a good read.'This goes beyond the rules of engagement in politics. This violates the principles and core values of Kansans,” says Goyle spokesperson Robert Becker in a written statement.
Pompeo is also responding and Thursday afternoon issued the following apology via Twitter:
“Yesterday at approximately 2:00 pm the Pompeo for Congress Press office inadvertently posted a link to a tremendously offensive blog post on the Pompeo for Congress Facebook page and the same link was Tweeted. The mistake was discovered within less than an hour of it occurring and the Facebook post and Tweet were pulled down immediately upon our learning of the error.