The GOP Twitter Shuffle: Eric Cantor Edition
Posted at 12:37 p.m. on July 30
Eric Cantor’s exit as House majority leader is near, yet he still reigns as owner of @GOPLeader, at least for now.
If history in GOP Twitter accounts is telling, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., — who currently tweets from @GOPWhip — will take over the outgoing Virginia Republican’s Twitter handle, with Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., moving to McCarthy’s official GOP Whip account.
Making a Twitter account switch is not new to the Republican Party. John Boehner tweeted from @GOPLeader until taking over as speaker of the House in 2011 (you can now find him at @SpeakerBoehner). During that same time, Cantor’s handle was @GOPWhip.
Similar to his absences from GOP leadership news conferences, @GOPLeader has been largely silent since Cantor’s primary loss to economics professor Dave Brat. Cantor has tweeted from @GOPLeader three times since his loss, twice to congratulate new Republican leadership and once to make note of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.
Will Cantor bid us adieu with one last farewell tweet on @GOPLeader before handing the account over to McCarthy? Only time will tell.