Dem Rep. Jimmy Gomez to be investigated over use of official resources on personal Twitter account
An ethics watchdog group will ask the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to investigate Democrat Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA) for how he has used his personal Twitter account to further political purposes.
Politicians are allowed to campaign on their personal Twitter accounts, but not to conduct official business related to their jobs. Conversely, they are not allowed to campaign on their professional Twitter accounts.
Gomez apparently used official resources to post on his personal Twitter account, but also encouraged his followers to vote for a colleague, Christy Smith.
His Twitter account is clearly marked as "personal," but it is somewhat customary for public figures to combine personal and official accounts.
No combining accounts
When accounts are combined, however, they can't be used to campaign, and Gomez's account links directly to his campaign website.
This is why the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) is filing an ethics complaint against Gomez.
Gomez has posted both campaign materials and official resources, like pictures of the House floor and interviews from his House office, on the same account, FACT said. This is a big no-no.
Laws protect taxpayers
“The laws at issue, in this case, are important because not only do they protect taxpayer-funded resources from abuse, they also protect the integrity of official proceedings,” the complaint stated.
FACT Executive Director Kendra Arnold told Breitbart News that “The Office of Congressional Ethics is responsible for ensuring each Representative fulfills the public trust inherent in the office and that they comply with the House’s ethical standards. Therefore, I urge the Board to immediately investigate whether Representative Gomez used official resources for campaign purposes in violation of the House ethics rules.”
Other Democrats are also under investigation for their use of social media (TikTok), including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
Republican Rep. George Santos (NY) is also under investigation after it was discovered that he lied numerous times in official campaign communications about his credentials.
Easier to investigate Democrats
With Republicans in charge of the House, it should be easier to get investigations ordered for Democrats when they are warranted. Republicans have been complaining about a lack of action since President Joe Biden was elected with Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress.
Of course, those being investigated are innocent until proven guilty, whether Democrats or Republicans, so we can't make assumptions about anyone until the investigation is complete.