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Opponent Shutters Twitter Account After Rep. Gowdy Called 'Homo'

Deb Morrow, a Democratic candidate for the 4th U.S. Congressional District, shuttered the account after a former staffer referred to Congressman Trey Gowdy as a homosexual in two different tweets.

It was the tweet heard around South Carolina and leaked to state media that caused one congressional candidate to shut down her Twitter account.

Democratic candidate Deb Morrow, who is running against Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy for the 4th U.S. Congressional seat, closed her Morrow4Congress Twitter account after two tweets allegedly were sent calling Gowdy a homosexual.

According to two screen shots sent to Patch, one tweet ready “@TGowdySC is a Homo,” and a second Tweet that called Gowdy "the homo lover" of U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham.

The screen shots were sent to local media by Washington, D.C.-based social media consultant Sean Bertran, who said he was monitoring tweets on the Fast and Furious case when he saw the tweets.

Josh Dix, a spokesman for Gowdy, said the congressman felt that the tweet was an accident and that his office would prefer not to comment on the situation.

Morrow could not be reached for comment.

However, Morrow did tell the Free Times in Columbia, she did not post the tweet and wasn't aware that it had appeared on her campaign website.

Morrow told the paper that she has shut down the account and that only a handful of people had access to the account, including a former staffer.

Last May, Gowdy compared same-sex marriage to incest and polygamy during a House Judiciary Committee.

While questioning Attorney General Eric Holder, Gowdy asked why the administration would be willing to apply a higher level of scrutiny to laws that prohibit gay people from marrying as opposed to other kind of marriage arrangements that could include family members or multiple spouses.

Ann Rendahl July 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM
There is just no end to stupidity. I am a Democrat and proud of it, but things like this make me sick. Didn't your parents teach you anything. So sorry. Pathetic. There is no excuse for that sort of language.
Ann Rendahl July 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM
No excuse for tasteless comments and accusations. If you can't play fair, get out of the game.
Robert MacEwan July 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Don't fall for the hype. It's obvious their account was taken over by someone. More than likely GOP supporter. This is how it's done these days. Discredit both folks with two tweets. Especially seeing this is in SC.
WarriorGrandma July 11, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Yes, the tweet was pathetic. But to think the candidate herself posted it? Seriously? That's more insulting that the term "homo". Think smart. Analyze.
Imlucky_2 July 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM
@R MacEwan..... above reads "...shuttered the account after a former staffer..." Read it and weep
Robert MacEwan July 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Look Sean. I realize you're 22 and a yr. after being an assistant for a fundraising group taught you everything you need to know to start your social media consulting firm a month ago. But grabbing a screenshot of a hacked account doesn't make you a better consultant. Registering Imlucky_2 a couple of hours ago to reply to me so the comment isn't linked to you doesn't change that.
Sean Bertran July 11, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Well actually, THIS is me, but whatever you say buddy.
penny July 11, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Glad Ms. Morrow will not stoop to GOTP-type tactics. However, being called a homo is one of the nicer things that could be said about Gowdy.
Robert MacEwan July 11, 2012 at 04:32 PM
The folks that did it sound like script-kiddies. Seriously, calling someone a homo - please. Probably social engineered or guessed the password. There are tons of other ways this is done. I don't have a dog in this race - I'm not in SC & never lived there. Just noticed an obvious smear campaign by a 22 yr. old fresh out of college - just created a social media consulting company kid. It is odd that he was there just in time to screen cap the event & ran with it everywhere to spread his version of the story. He needs a few more years under his belt to learn how the Internet really works. I've been at the game for 17 years. Nearly his entire life. ;-)
David Smith July 11, 2012 at 05:42 PM
It is sad that anyone would use that as a slur - a person's gender orientation is what it is. Besides, I am a homo, and a homo-lover, being human and a lover of humans.
rob July 11, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Gowdy is a closeted, bigoted POS.
Robert MacEwan July 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM
He is fairly young. Early 20's (22). Probably use to dealing with like minded fresh out of college young men regurgitating Republican talking points. It will be 15 years before he & his friends realize just how little they've known about life. There is a level of unjustified self-assured arrogance. A superiority complex. Since he's fairly new to using the Internet my guess is he thinks he knows it. Problem with that line of thinking is when someone like myself challenges him. I've been programming & developing on the Internet damn near 18 years. So while he was starting kindergarten & learning to use the bathroom I was hand coding cgi scripts. Writing *Linux tutorials for 13 years. Just like the "rob" commenter above shows his lack of understanding of how little people need in order to track someone. He or his buddies think they're clever. Kind of feel a little sorry seeing someone getting outed in public like this... but he brought it on himself. *Sean just Google Linux to see what it is - or in your case Bing.
Meta Marie Griffin October 06, 2012 at 03:37 AM
While I have issues with Trey Gowdy, I have resolved not to run for Morrow, as she is incompetent and is not a person of integrity as I once thought. I do not believe anyone on the campaign was responsible for the alleged tweets; however, some new developments in the Morrow campaign have given me a good reason not to trust anything Morrow or the campaign says. I am a former volunteer and the campaign has tried to bully me into silence. If Morrow cannot run a campaign, she has no business running for Congress.

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