Update: Senator Brownback has apologized for the actions of his staff which he has characterized as an “overreaction.” This is a commendable move, though it’s unclear if the apology will travel as far and wide as the original story (which I still saw circulating via social media this morning).
The Scene: A group of high school students is touring Topeka, Kansas and visits the Governor’s office. After meeting briefly with Gov. Sam Brownback, a student by the name of Emma Sullivan jokingly tweets the following:
“Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot” | November 21, 2011
Rather than let the tweet die a quiet death virtually unseen in the vast sea of digital ether, Brownback’s Communications Director Sherienne Jones-Sontag decided to report Sullivan to her school and turn the entire event into a very public frackus that made the Governor of Kansas look like a moron wasting time with trifling matters and picking on a high school student.
Here’s a breakdown of why the situation was completely mishandled: Read more…