Rhode Island state agency deletes political tweet

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Health has deleted a message on its Twitter account that said several speeches at the Democratic National Convention were inspiring.

A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says the message was posted accidentally by a junior staff member who thought she was logged in to her personal account.

The tweet sent Monday read: “Inspired. Thank you Sen. Corey Booker, first lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders for your service.”

Raimondo spokesman Mike Raia did not publicly identify the staffer, but said she immediately deleted the tweet after realizing the mistake.

He says he spoke with her Tuesday and she knows it would never be appropriate for a state agency to make a political statement. He says that was not her intent.

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