Here’s a natural response to a Republican challenger’s attack on you supporting Barack Obama’s nomination of Eric Holder:Yeah, well, you’re a creepy old man following my 14-year-old daughter on Twitter.
Such was the case in Nebraska, where State Treasurer Don Stenberg and Attorney General Jon Bruning produced some fireworks in the first debate in the race for the Republican nomination for a Nebraska Senate seat.
Bruning signed a letter in 2009 along with 29 other state attorney generals supporting Obama’s appointment of Holder to the office of U.S. attorney general. This has been grounds for Stenberg to attack him on the issue, charging Bruning with the whole “not-being-a-true-Conservative” accusation. Stenberg did so again on Tuesday.
That’s when it got heated and a little weird.
About 50 seconds into that video, you can see where things turn personal. Bruning doesn’t respond to the Holder accusation, instead launching into a diatribe of how “creepy” he thought it was that Stenberg tried to follow his daughter on Twitter.
This Sunday, my daughter walks in, and she says, “Don Stenberg’s trying to follow me on Twitter.” My daughter’s 14 years old. Now you tell me — I’d like to know, why does a 62-year-old man want to follow a 14-year-old girl on Twitter? I’d really like to know. She said, “Dad, that’s kind of creepy.”
Bruning added that it was “kind of weird.” Stenberg responded by saying that a spokesman for his campaign, Dan Parsons, runs the campaign’s Twitter account. Bruning said — a lot — that his daughter is 14. Fourteen fourteen fourteen fourteen fourteen.
At the last mention of 14, Stenberg shrugged his shoulders and looked rather irritated. He then said he would contact Parsons and “make sure that post gets taken down,” but he does not use Twitter, so that actually means that they would stop following her on Twitter.
Parsons told the Omaha World-Herald that he wasn’t sure how the campaign had followed her, and it was perhaps done “inadvertently.” But it does follow more than 1,650 people on Twitter.
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