If a politician follows the daughter of his opponenent, what does it mean?

In what turned out to be an awkward confrontation, Attorney General Jon Bruning accused his main rival in the Nebraska republican primary for Senate of attempting to follow his 14-year-old daughter on Twitter.

“Now you tell me — I’d like to know, why does a 62-year-old man want to follow a 14-year-old girl on Twitter,” Bruning launched at his rival Don Stenberg during a debate Tuesday. “I’d really like to know. She said, ‘Dad, that’s kind of creepy.’”

Stenberg, clearly flustered and taken aback by the accusation, retorted that his campaign, not he personally, was in charge of the Twitter account.

“Well, quite honestly, I don’t do my own Twitter. Dan Parsons does it for me,” Stendberg explained, throwing a campaign staffer under the bus.

To be fair to Parsons, the Stenberg Twitter account is following more than 1,600 accounts. Many could be chosen almost at random if they are tied to certain keywords in search engines.

Parsons said that the campaign uses an automated system to find Twitter users to follow and who in turn, might follow them back, according to Nebraska Watchdog.

The Watchdog also  reported that the Bruning campaign, itself,  follows several young women on Twitter, including a 16 year-old girl who describes herself as a homeschooler who “loves her country.”

Maybe Bruning will think twice next time he takes potshots at others for who they follow on Twitter.

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