File this one under “check your tweets before you send them”: A Texas legislator and candidate for Lt. Governor accidentally tweeted his support for gay marriage today, failing to add the letters “wo” to a critical word.
A Federal judge today ruled that Texas’ constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman is unconstitutional, violating recent Supreme Court decisions and the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The decision has been stayed, pending appeal.
Naturally, in conservative Texas, this decision was not well received by many members of the legislature, who were quick to put out statements opposing the decision. One such legislator is State Senator Dan Patrick (R-7) (by the way, if you have a moment, review Patrick’s official website, because it looks like it hasn’t been updated since 2004). Patrick, who is also a candidate for Lt. Governor, attempted to tweet his opposition to the Judge’s decision. As noted by Talking Points Memo, this went badly:
This was most certainly NOT what Patrick had in mind. I am sure many people were favoriting the tweet, but for reasons entirely unrelated to what Patrick had in mind.
Anyway, TPM notes that the tweet was deleted shortly after being sent, followed by numerous follow ups:
Not the best handling by Patrick. The joke is fine, but he re-emphasized, in five different tweets, the typo. Just say one thing acknowledging the error and move on. Oh, and check your tweets before you send them…then again, I had a bad typo in a tweet to a member of House Democratic leadership today, so who am I to talk?
I will add that, in down-ballot races, this could be a real problem for Patrick. Voters typically don’t know much about races like this, and if all they hear about Patrick is that he’s the guy who supports gay marriage (which they may think from a typo and subsequent news stories), it could be a problem. That, and the last time Patrick was in the news (a few days ago), he was fighting off accusations that he had once knowingly employed an illegal immigrant. So, on the whole, not a good week for Senator Patrick.