ABC News' Tom Shine reports: When Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer joined the minority after last November’s elections, he abandoned his Twitter account, @LeaderHoyer, and got a new one.
But someone else decided to use the old account that was still linked to the Maryland congressman's official homepage, as Laura Vozzella, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun, first reported.
According to the column, on State of the Union night, some “startling tweets” came from Hoyer.
"Look how Republicans fell for this bi-partisan seating crap," said one.
And another: "He is going to veto bills with earmarks? Load of Bull! He promised this a year or two ago. Whatever. At least the fool McCain is happy.”
When alerted to the prank, Hoyer’s staff immediately removed the fake tweets and later disabled the account altogether.
Hoyer communications director Katie Grant told ABC News, “just goes to show that Steny Hoyer has made it big on Twitter. They say impersonation is the best form of flattery.”
UPDATE: Hoyer's official Twitter account was not hacked. Instead, someone set up a fake account with his previous Twitter handle and used that to send these messages. The name of Hoyer's official Twitter account was changed from @LeaderHoyer to @WhipHoyer to reflect the change in his title in the 112th Congress.