Just saw this post on Minnesota Democrats Exposed featuring a Facebook photo of DFL Senate District 28 candidate Joe Fricke posing with a guitar while flipping the camera the bird. This is just the latest reminder of the potential embarrassment these social media sites can cause candidates running for office.
Last week, City Pages reported on Facebook photos found of Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer's son Tripp, then age 19, drinking beers and giving the thumbs up. There is also a picture of him posing with a passed out girl who has obscene drawings on her face and arms. This came as Emmer has faced criticism for his past DWI arrests in 1981 and 1991.
Emmer ended up releasing the following statement:
"My son made a serious mistake and has paid the consequences. It was a mistake which many Minnesota families are all too familiar with. Like all the other challenges in life, our family is dealing with our son in this matter with humility, seriousness, and love."
These stories can also pose some tough questions for reporters when it comes to which of these stories are covered. Here's an interesting story from MinnPost's David Brauer on why the Associated Press passed on the Tripp Emmer story while City Pages decided to go with it.