April 20th, 2010
03:50 PM ET
13 years ago

House Republicans compete in new media challenge

Washington (CNN) - House Republicans are competing in a three-round new media competition, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, vice chair of the House Republican Conference, announced on Twitter Tuesday.

This week's round focuses on Twitter, with points up for grabs for adding new followers on the growing microblogging and social media service. "[Fifty-six] #GOP offices are in qualifying round. The top 32 will move into bracket-style tourney on Friday," Rodgers broadcasted on Twitter.

"Subsequent rounds will be on @Facebook & @YouTube. Final rounds on all 3," she explained in another tweet.

The 56 Twitter accounts competing in the initial round are a hodgepodge of individual Republicans and the Twitter feeds for select House GOP organizations.

A sampling incudes: Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois (who tweets a Biblical verse every day); Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois (known to tweet about the hit TV show "Lost"); Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, Reps. Bob Latta, Rob Wittman, and Buck McKeon, three leaders of the House GOP New Media Caucus; Tea Party movement favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann and the Twitter accounts for Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee and the Education and Labor Committee. (House GOP docs are also well represented with 9 of the 56 slots in the qualifying round going to House Republicans who are M.D.'s.)

The competition is styled after the NCAA "March Madness" championship tournament and will last six weeks, according to a statement given to CNN by a representative for Rodgers.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Sgt. USMC

    And they give the President crap about playing basketball. What a bunch of LOSERS. Get to work you morons! Learn how to stop lying to the American people!

    April 20, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. aware

    Mr. Obama will learn sooner or later that God is ultimately in charge, and He plans to heal global narcissism! 🙂

    April 20, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. PacificView

    Let me guess what the GOP tweets will say... "No!"

    April 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. ted

    WGAS how the Republicans communicate? They have no message other than the message of the Grand Obstructionist Party, AKA The Party of NO and Hell no. Their only message is repeal the healthcare law and jerk the uninsured and uninsurable and the other voters around. That message doesn't resonate, Dinosaurs of the GOP. Twittering or Tweeting or whatever that lunacy is about is just plain stupid. Better off letting the media arm of the GOP, Faux News, do the communciating with its bunch of paranoid lunatics.

    April 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. 8 Years of “trickle down economics” has only left a wet spot on working America's shoes!

    Wow, can a bake off be far behind?

    April 20, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Dan, TX

    I guess when your only job is to say NO! you have time for this crap.

    April 20, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Peejay

    I guess this is what they do to earn their paychecks when not parroting Frank Luntz talking points.

    April 20, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Katie B in NC

    This is so juvenile. "Let's do something more fun than actually governing!" Oh, that's right, they don't have to work at governing. They just have to show up when it's time to vote "NO"!

    April 20, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Pkm

    Who cares it seems like the gop has better things to do

    April 20, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Rahm

    Ron Paul owns the media, wanna know why? Because he's actually got an honest message. He's been talking about it for over 30 years consistently.

    The thing about the Internet is that it will expose the falsehoods, lies and past voting records that used to be concealed by old media outlets.

    Ron Paul has a pretty good record on honesty and consistentcy that the other clowns think they don't need. They think a snazy website or an anti-opposite party pitch will suffice. Not anymore, In America and because of the Internet Americans are yearning for truth.

    April 20, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. juge

    LOL Tweets are for Twits!

    April 20, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |