Senator Throws Staff Under The Bus After Tweeting Congrats To Iowa For 'Big Win'

  • by: Alan Duke

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst is blaming a staffer for tweeting congratulations to the Iowa Hawkeyes for their "big win" in the Big Ten championship Saturday night, even though it was a heartbreaking loss for the school.

"Sorry for staff error," Sen. Ernst later tweeted when her mistake went viral on social nets.

Ernst also deleted the erroneous tweet, but of course this is not like President Nixon's White House tapes, in which the "smoking gun" could be erased. We have the screenshot.

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Michigan State came from behind to upset Iowa 16-13 in the football contest. For all the latest on the NCAA's Big 10 Sports, bookmark our Big 10 East and Big 10 West Sections.


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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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