Delaware Guv ‘Inadvertently’ Tweeted Photo Of Woman In Bondage Gear

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September 4, 2014 11:40 a.m.

Updated 1:02 p.m.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s (D) office said Thursday that an “inappropriate” photo of a woman in bondage gear was accidentally sent out from the governor’s Twitter account due to an unfortunate link mix-up.

The original tweet, which promoted the governor’s announcement of a new education initiative, was accompanied by an image of a blonde woman wearing what appeared to be bondage gear and making a peace sign. The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before WHYY reporter Shirley Min caught a screen grab:

Markell later tweeted an apology to anyone who was offended by the photo, which was “inadvertantly [sic]” sent out.

Markell’s press secretary, Kelly Bachman, said in a statement provided to TPM that the tweet was supposed to include a freshly uploaded photo of the governor’s education announcement.

“While the tweet was being edited, the auto-generated link for the picture was inadvertently altered,” the statement read. “As a result, the picture linked to the tweet was a random, unrelated, and inappropriate picture that has been on the internet since 2010, and not the just-uploaded picture of the event. The tweet was deleted and we apologize for the error.”

“The lessons here are not to compose tweets too quickly and there is a lot of odd stuff on the internet,” the statement continued. “We just wish the accidental link had been a cat video.”

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