It seems no one (not even an esteemed Canadian lawmaker) is immune from making embarrassing social networking mistakes — as this story illustrates.
When Canadian Parliament member Michelle Simson (Liberals) became incensed over Conservative parliamentarian Dean Del Mastro’s behavior during a committee meeting, she did what any savvy social-networking user would do — she wrote about it.
Using Twitter as her weapon of choice, Simson chose the following 29 characters to slam her rival: “Del Mastro should grow up (not out).”
Del Mastro was sitting around the same table as Simson, and he managed to get wind of her Twitter message. In response, the Conservative parliamentarian — who both Reuters and Simson agree is not a small man — stood up and demanded Simson apologize in front of the House of Commons’ hundreds of legislators.
Del Mastro added: “I apologize that I’m not perfect and perhaps my stature doesn’t meet the criteria that some members of the House might set but I have actually battled that problem since birth.”
Admitting that she had been wrong, Simson did issue a public apology.
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