Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler feels my pain.
I checked my phone one night and discovered I had a message from a reporter asking if he could get a copy of the letter the secretary of state had sent to the Jefferson County clerk regarding its recall election.
“Yes,” I responded, and then I sent another message, “Let me know if you get it.”
Pretty soon I started seeing tweets making fun of my seemingly random messages. But I texted the reporter, I thought. Only I hadn’t. I was responding to a direct message. And when I explained that on Twitter, the hilarious @MissingPundit posted this gem:
“The old George Brauchler defense. Likely story.”
“I thought that was brilliant,” Brauchler said.
Brauchler got in trouble during the Aurora theater murder trial when he tweeted from the courtroom, in violation of the judge’s orders. Brauchler said he sent the tweet by mistake when meaning to respond to a text message and quickly deleted it, according to The Denver Post. He apologized to the judge.
“It’s an embarrassing mistake, but one I think I corrected quickly,” he said, at the time.
Brauchler is a Republican and a potential challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet next year so the left quickly pounced on his gaffe. Brauchler said he’ll make a decision by early October.
Westword had a field day day, writing a faux “George Brauchler’s Guide to Social Media.” The “Google+” entry is to-die-for as is Westword’s illustration. Brauchler said his amused staff asked him if he had read the piece. “Yes,” he told them, “but it’s always funnier when it’s not about you.”
Brauchler stayed off social media after his mistake. I did not. Just a few days later I repeated my sin but luckily very few people caught that one.