This photo of the governor speaking at a public elementary school was apparently intended to accompany the original tweet:
Politwoops, a site that collects and archives blooper tweets by politicians, offered this screen shot of the S&M pic Markell's office accidentally tweeted then quickly deleted:
Gov. Markell's office tweeted the following apology:
An inappropriate photo was inadvertantly sent out earlier. We are looking into how this occurred but apologize to anyone who was offended.— Gov. Jack Markell (@GovernorMarkell) September 4, 2014
According to local news affiliate, WBOC, the governor's office sent out a longer statement around 12 p.m. Thursday addressing the incident.
"During this morning's event, a tweet was composed with a link to what was supposed to be a picture that had just been uploaded to the internet of the Governor's education announcement. While the tweet was being edited, the auto-generated link for the picture was inadvertently altered. As a result, the picture linked to the tweet was a random, unrelated, and inappropriate picture that has been on the internet since 2010, and not the just-uploaded picture of the event. The tweet was deleted and we apologize for the error."
"The lessons here are not to compose tweets too quickly and there is a lot of odd stuff on the Internet. We just wish the accidental link had been a cat video," the statement added.
According to Wonkette, the photograph of a blond woman wearing a black leather collar has been identified as a picture uploaded in 2010 by an Estonian model who goes by the name Precious Little.
"Regarding an image tweeted of me today, it was a harmless selfie/candid from a photoshoot years ago. I believe it was an honest accident," Little tweeted.