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Georgia GOP stops Twitter spending after McConnell account locked

The Georgia GOP joined other Republican organizations in freezing its spending on Twitter after the social media site temporarily locked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign account.

Georgia GOP chair David Shafer said in a tweet Thursday the state party “will not spend one cent on Twitter ads while I am State Chairman until this bias is addressed,” echoing the national Republican party, the Trump campaign and the Republican Governors Association.

The Twitter tempest started when the social media site froze McConnell’s account Wednesday when it shared a video of a profanity-laced protest outside his home in Louisville, where he is recovering from a shoulder injury. 

A spokeswoman for Twitter said the account was temporarily locked because of a tweet that “violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety.” The account was reactivated on Thursday but the tweet that sparked the controversy was gone. 

The protests came as McConnell faces mounting calls to support gun control measures after twin massacres last week in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. 

One protester said in a video that she wished the Republican had broken his neck instead of his shoulder and spoke of attacking a hypothetical voodoo doll of the senator. 

The Georgia GOP’s spending on Twitter wasn’t immediately clear, though Shafer said the state party was planning on advertising on the social media site. His decision cited an anti-McConnell hashtag that was popular earlier this week. 


Another Georgia-based operative, Austin Chambers of the Republican State Leadership Committee, said on Twitter that he will join the boycott. “Enough is enough,” he wrote. 


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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.