Last week, Sound Transit live tweeted its “listening tour” on Mercer Island—a series of meetings it has schedule to hear residents’ concerns about the chronically over-promise and under-deliver agency. As Shift reported, Republican King County Council member Jane Hague and her Democrat campaign challenger Claudia Balducci both attended.
Sound Transit was quick to acknowledge Balducci’s presence, using her campaign twitter account. And, though Sound Transit made mention of other public officials present, the agency completely ignored Hague’s presence.
It appeared as though Sound Transit, a publically funded agency, deliberately pushed Balducci’s campaign using taxpayer resources—a fact that was pointed out by Shift and others. The transit agency responded the next day with a frantic tweet that included Hague. Here’s the tweet:
The problem with Sound Transit’s tweet is that it still promotes Balducci’s campaign over Hague. The tweet uses Hague’s official council handle—not that of her campaign. On the other hand, it still uses Balducci’s campaign handle.
Apparently, Sound Transit’s technology team needs a refresher course on avoiding politics when taxpayers are picking up the tab.