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December 08, 2011

Hill Staffers Tweet That They're All Drunk 'n Stuff At Congressional Offices; Call Boss an "Idiot" and an A-hole

The boss was a Democratic Congressman.

Staffers of Rep. Rick Larsen boasted over Twitter that they were drinking and otherwise goofing off on the job, according to a story in the NW Daily Marker.

The website said the tweets gave off the impression of "a staffers-gone-wild bash" in the Washington Democrat's office, including insults lobbed at the congressman himself.


In other messages, staffers called the congressman everything from "my idiot boss" to unprintable derogatory terms such as the one George W. Bush used to refer to a New York Times reporter in 2000.

And... they're fired.

The Twitter accounts, which the site says belong to legislative assistants Seth Burroughs (@therocketship1) and Elizabeth Robbee (@betsybites), and legislative correspondent Ben Byers (@byers_remorse), sent messages in disparaging Larsen and their work for him over a period of at least four months both during and after work hours, according to the report. In one tweet Larsen is referred to as a psy. In another, Burroughs appears to brag that he destroyed his official work Blackberry in the December to Remember debauchery, according to screen grabs posted on the Daily Marker Website. The accounts have since been deleted.

Most people cannot mix alcohol and the internet successfully. That isn't snark. Seriously, people should not be online when drunk, if they have any kind of reputation or job to protect. Or, um, family.

Drinking should only be done in social situations or when watching Julie Strain movies on Cinemax.

This is actually a big pet peeve of mine. When the hell did it become so g-damn necessary to be online and "connected" like 24 hours per day?

At BlogCon, there was a bar night, and someone complained of not being able to get a signal, and then said, "But all the cool people have a signal, I'm sure."

Gabe and I both said at the same time: "All the cool people aren't checking to see if they have a signal at all."

It was at this point I suggested we attempt something I call "Mouth-Tweeting," or communicating without the aid of a wired device.

I hate to be a grouch here but people have to put their damn phones down.

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