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Aide blocks Twitter page after bad words

Oct. 7, 2010 at 11:23 AM
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EVANSTON, Ill., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A top Democratic congressional aide blocked access to his Twitter page after calling foes of the planned Islamic center near New York's Ground Zero "dumba**es."

Alex Armour, political director and campaign manager of Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., "has protected their tweets," a United Press International check of Armour's account found Thursday.

His message on the social networking and microblogging service, first reported by conservative National Review blogger Jim Geraghty, said opponents of the community center and mosque were "all f***ing dumba**es who havent read the 1st amndmt" -- although Armour didn't use asterisks.

Schakowsky challenger Joel Pollak, a 33-year-old Skokie, Ill., lawyer, said he thought Armour's message showed Schakowsky's campaign had "an intolerant attitude toward people with different views, as well as contempt for those who disagree," the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., reported.

Pollak, a Democrat-turned-Republican, posted a link to the Herald's story on his own Twitter page under the headline, "Jan Schakowsky's contempt for her constituents," UPI's check found.

Schakowsky, whose congressional district includes many Chicago northern suburbs, said she considered Armour's language "inappropriate." She said in an e-mail she made her position about such language "perfectly clear" to him "and all of my staff."

Armour told the Herald he had no "official comment" about what happened other than to say he thought his Twitter posting "was a little more private than it was."

Armour's Twitter account had 146 followers Thursday morning, while Schakowsky's had 1,070 and Pollak's had 1,928, UPI's check indicated.

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