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Friday, August 13, 2010
Idiot of the Day - Republican Mike Pompeo - Tweet Attacking Challenger As An 'Evil' 'Turban Topper'
Republican Mike Pompeo, who is running for a congressional seat in Kansas's Fourth District apologized for a tweet his campaign sent out promoting an article that called his opponent a "turban topper" who "could be a muslim, a hindu, a buddhist etc who knows." State Rep. Raj Goyle is his opponent.
"He did call me and I accept his apology," said Goyle, a former staffer at the D.C. think tank Center for American Progress. "What he told me on the call is that he apologized and was shocked by it and it was a communications error... What I will say is, in my campaign, had one of my staff members, senior adviser or intern, sent anything like this out on behalf of the campaign, that person would be fired."
On Wednesday, Pompeo found himself in hot water after his Twitter account promoted, as a "good read" a local news article that included the inflammatory attack on Goyle. A spokesman for the Kansas Republican told Think Progress that the tweet had been a mistake, owed to a miscellaneously copied URL. It was removed as soon as it was noticed.
The frequency with which this kind of "slip of the tongue" occurs among those in public life makes me wonder. Are these so-called gaffes a planned way of getting one's Warhol 15 minutes of fame, or is it just people being more irresponsible than ever before?
I have never heard the phrase "evil turban topper" and I hope I never do again.