It was the Tweet heard round the world.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, briefly became an international sensation recently with a very short but pointed Tweet.
In what amounted to a putdown of the Iran nuclear deal reached by the U.S., Cornyn wrote: “Amazing what WH will do to distract attention from O-care.”
The @JohnCornyn tweet immediately attracted responses, many negative but some supportive, too. His office confirmed to the Star-Telegram that he writes his own tweets.
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White House spokesman Josh Earnest alluded to Cornyn’s tweet as being “impertinent.”
“We want to work closely with Congress and despite the impertinent tweets of some members of the Senate Republican conference … most senators recognize that there is a constructive and important role for Congress to play as we move forward, and we will certainly be consulting closely with them,” he said.
Cornyn is the Senate Minority Whip, the second highest ranking Republican behind Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Former Obama adviser David Plouffe, @davidplouffe,who was the president’s 2008 campaign manager, tweeted, “No, a real distraction would be war. Like Iraq.”
But, according to the website Newshounds, Cornyn got a shout-out from reporter Peter Doocy on Fox News’ Fox and Friends First, who said Cornyn “looks at the whole announcement very suspiciously.”
U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, is among those to throw their support behind George P. Bush, who hopes to become Texas’ next land commissioner.
“I know firsthand that his impeccable character, service to his community and country and private-sector experience make him an ideal candidate to serve the people of Texas,” she said.
Bush, of Fort Worth, is son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush.
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, is the No. 1 recipient of contributions from the fracking industry, according to a report from government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Companies that use fracking and their trade groups made Barton the top recipient of political donations, giving him $509,447 from 2004 to 2012.
Barton was chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee from 2004 to 2006 and was ranking member when the Democrats controlled the House from 2006 to 2010. He failed in a bid to get a waiver to be chairman again in 2010 when Republicans re-took control because of GOP rules limiting service in the top committee spot to three terms.
According to CREW, which used federal reports compiled by Maplight, a nonpartisan group, the next-closest recipient was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who received $384,700. CREW said that as chairman Barton sponsored the Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempting fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act. Barton is now chairman emeritus of the committee.
“Since the day he was sworn into office, Congressman Barton has proudly supported those who work in this industry (many of whom call the 6th District home) and he will continue to do so,” said Sean Brown, a spokesman for Barton. “That is why people continue to vote for Joe Barton and donate to his campaigns.”