Oklahoma lawmaker vents on Snapchat. With filters.
Have you ever seen a politician wearing cartoon animal ears complain about protesters in a high-pitched voice?
Well, here's Oklahoma state Rep. Tess Teague:
The Choctaw Republican this week used Snapchat to criticize Occupy OKC protesters who were at the Oklahoma Capitol urging an oil and gas production tax rate increase. The small group chanted loudly in the Capitol halls and about 7 p.m. Monday, they approached House Speaker Charles McCall's office hoping to speak with him, but were forced out of the hallway by Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.
In the video, Teague accused them of being paid protesters and not knowing what the gross production tax is. She concluded matter-of-factly: "Moral of the story, kids, is that if you want a part of the discussion, if you want a seat at the table, know what you're talking about."
Politicians regularly use social media to communicate with the public through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Younger elected officials have used those tools more deftly. Teague is 27.
Teague later said she wasn't communicating with constituents, just to her Snapchat followers.
Yeah I can own a mistake. Snapchat isn't the way to get frustrations out. My Snapchat friends are my close friends and 2 colleagues. One of which recorded this and sent it out. I vented frustrations on Snapchat to my friends and it went public. I know that's upsetting to see for some people, but I think we can all agree that we've ALL been venting frustrations lately. What I do stand behind is my frustration over paid protestors being bussed in. Yes, some of the protestors were citizens of OK but some were not. I'm tired of these George Soros tactics. While I realize the right and freedom to protest, screaming profanities outside of the Speaker's office doesn't solve anything. But then again neither does venting on Snapchat. Listen, again, I can own a mistake. But I also own the very real frustration. My office is open to anyone with any questions. My office is always open.
Oklahoma state Rep. Tess Teague, R-Choctaw, on Facebook
Social media has helped define the 2017 Oklahoma legislative session. More lawmakers are active on Twitter than ever and regularly post updates and personal thoughts about what's happening at 23rd and Lincoln. They even argue with each other, hurling insinuations and insults.
Then there are parody, satire and troll Twitter handles that heckle lawmakers. There's even an account that's a parody of Teague herself.
Another politician, state Rep. Josh Cockroft, posted on Facebook Tuesday that social media probably isn't the best way to talk, or argue, politics.