In the rapid-fire world of Twitter, the snark often flows before the facts. A spokesperson for American Crossroads, the GOP-backing super PAC associated with Karl Rove, tells TPM that's what happened this morning when the PAC's official Twitter feed made a joke that Commerce Secretary John Bryson was drunk when he hit several cars in California over the weekend.
Here's the Crossroads tweet, captured by a staffer at ThinkProgress before it was taken down:
Since they deleted it, here's a screen grab of the American Crossroads tweet alleging Bryson had been drinking. twitter.com/JoshDorner/sta…— Josh Dorner (@JoshDorner) June 11, 2012
American Crossroads spokesperson Jonathan Collegio apologized for the suggestion that Bryson was driving drunk. A Commerce spokesperson said Monday Bryson suffered a seizure before he crashed his vechicle into two others Saturday.
"The hashtag (about his driving #skills) attempted levity, but it communicated poorly. We took it down," Collegio said. "I regret the tweet."