(CNN) - Followers of Sen. Chris Dodd on Twitter received quite the surprise Thursday morning in the form of a profanity-laced tweet.
At 11:36 a.m. ET the Connecticut Democrat's almost 13,000 followers saw, "U love torturing me with this sh**."
His staff responded within three minutes by deleting the tweet and writing one of their own, "From Dodd Staff – Apologies to Dodd's followers, last tweet was not from Chris Dodd and the original tweet was gone."
The tweet was a far cry from his usual messages which include updates about legislation and Congressional hearings.
Dodd's office released a statement Thursday:
"Due to a technical mistake, a message was inadvertently sent from Senator Dodd's twitter account. Senator Dodd did not send the message. We have corrected the situation and apologize to his followers for the mistake and inappropriate language used in the message."
This is his last year in the Senate. He is not seeking re-election.