I received an email last week from an organization that was wondering how many of Nevada’s legislators were using Twitter. It was a good question. I mean, you always hear about politicians taking to Twitter like a four-figure campaign contribution. So how many of Nevada’s 63 legislators do you think use Twitter? Half? A quarter?
How about a grand total of four. And even that figure is being generous since one of those is private, and deals with a personal issue, and another was started to run for a different office. Oh well. Here goes the short, very short, list.
1. David Bobzien (AD-24) The undisputed king of Nevada politicians who Twitter. That said, most tweets are of the personal variety instead of political. Also, his linked website is his personal one, not his campaign site.
2. Joyce Woodhouse (SD-5 Clark) New to Twitter, she started in August of this year, tweets have been campaign related. She is up for re-election in 2010.
3. Mark Amodei (SD-Capital) New to Twitter. Although still a state senator, this account was started in September strictly for Amodei’s U.S. Senate campaign. All tweets have been related to the 2010 race.
4. April Mastroluca (AD-29) A private account with the name “CeliacMom.” Tweets aren’t public and no mention of politics in bio.
In our search, we did come across a few accounts that had the same name as a legislator, and with no posts or bios one couldn’t entirely rule them out. But is more than likely a case of someone sharing the same name or domain squatters at work. Assemblymen Morse Arberry Jr. and Don Gustavson (as Dongus!) were in this group.