In one of 2013’s most contested elections, Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli to become Virginia’s new Governor. He was sworn in yesterday and proceeded to misspell Virginia on Facebook.
Interestingly enough, while McAuliffe has his own Facebook page (which, incidentally, still refers to McAuliffe as the Democratic nominee for Governor…not the Governor-elect or Governor, but the Democratic nominee…someone needs to update that), the Governor of Virginia also has an official Facebook page that apparently remains in tact as the office transfers from one occupant to the next. And, it was in McAuliffe’s first post that he made his first Social Media screw up as Governor.
Virginia here is spelled Virgina, which is not only spelled wrong, but sounds dirty. Doh! Not the way that McAuliffe wanted to start his Social Media career.
I’ve said it before and will say it again: please, please double check your spelling when you make a Social Media post. It’s a total common mistake, and certainly a forgivable one, but bad misspellings (like Obama urging you to get healthcare so you can give your Mom “piece of mind“) are not something you want to do if you are just getting into office. Particularly if you misspell the name of the state of which you just became Governor.