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‘Piece of sh--’: Employee suspended after chamber blasts, then apologizes to Ky. congressman

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., shown here on Capitol Hill in 2013, was one of three members of the U.S. House to vote against a bill Wednesday that designated billions of dollars in aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., shown here on Capitol Hill in 2013, was one of three members of the U.S. House to vote against a bill Wednesday that designated billions of dollars in aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey. AP

A marketing firm employee was responsible for the critical, expletive-containing tweet about U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) posted to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce official account on Wednesday.

The Twitter account tweeted a link referencing the three U.S. congressmen, including Massie, who on Wednesday voted against an aid package for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The tweet contained the comment, “Wow, what a piece of sh--.”

Scooter Media, which provides social media services as well as public relations, suspended the employee responsible while conducting a more detailed review of what happened.

“We have taken immediate action to ensure this type of error will not happen again,” Scooter Media said in a written statement. “Scooter Media wouldn't condone this type of personal statement from our own twitter account, let alone from a client's account, and we sincerely apologize to everyone who has been negatively impacted by this unfortunate incident.”

The chamber’s president, Brent Cooper, apologized Wednesday night.

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Massie posted a picture of the now-deleted chamber tweet on his own account with the caption, “Well I'm not crazy about the bill either, but I don't know if I would call it that. #sassywithmassie.”

Cooper later released a more detailed statement from the chamber.

“In the event you haven’t heard, an employee of the NKY Chamber’s social media contractor, Scooter Media, unfortunately posted an ill-advised tweet regarding Congressman Thomas Massie’s vote related to the funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey yesterday afternoon.

“The Chamber in no way condones or was aware of this tweet before it was posted. Scooter Media has issued a statement taking full ownership of this incident.

“Please know that we are working to ensure that this situation is not repeated in the future.

“I personally called and apologized to Congressman Massie less than an hour after the incident occurred.

“We realize this has caused the Chamber an unwanted level of media coverage as well as harsh criticism. However, we would like to note this was a mistake made by a contractor and in no way reflects the Chamber’s position, demeanor or attitude in regard to Congressman Massie.”

Massie, Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) were the three “no” votes among 419 “yes” votes in the U.S. House of Representatives for a measure that would provide $7.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $450 million for a small business disaster loan program in the wake of hurricane Harvey, according to The Washington Post.

In a statement to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Massie said the bill “recklessly increases the national debt because it contains no spending offsets.”

“With $20 trillion dollars of debt, and in the absence of a budget to guide spending, I believe that the unscheduled spending should be offset by equal cuts elsewhere,” Massie said in the statement.

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