Mayor’s Secretary Gets Tweefensive

matt-szaboYou probably think local politics are a joke. Mainly, because of the Jokey McJokersons that run the place. So, it wouldn’t surprise me if you didn’t know who Matt Szabo is. I didn’t.

Matt Szabo is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s press secretary. His name is popping up a lot more lately, thanks to a mayor with a hectic dating life and the secretary’s brand new Twitter account. Szabo joined “twitterworld” as he called it on July 1, to “provide useful/helpful info on mayor v’s views & his administration’s positions.”

Views on what? Lu Parker?

I only discovered Szabo’s tweets after seeing his re-tweeted rebuttal of LAObserved. I was fascinated to discover how defensive he is when posting:

Nothing to LAO’s Myr V “tweeter uncovered” post. Mayor either tweets himself, or I approve w direct authorization http://tinyurl.com/mnk2ge about 11 hours ago from web

LA Times headline on LAPD crime stats badly misleads. LAPD reports ALL crime stats. Comp glitch caused mapping errors. http://shar.es/hEUn about 12 hours ago from ShareThis.com

@KFIAM640 Correction: Cost to city is $1.4m, not $1.6m … RT @KFIAM640 t-rae here…in the news, szabo says total cost to taxpayers?$1.6 mil about 18 hours ago from web in reply to KFIAM640

Getting several emails asking why we are “wasting time” encouraging MJ donations when we have a budget crisis. Folks, that’s precisely why. 12:23 PM Jul 7th from TwitterBerry

Those who opposed moving gang redux progs to mayor’s ofc shld read LA Times SNL story. LA Wkly, other cynics take note. http://shar.es/Gv5m 5:18 PM Jul 4th from ShareThis.com

Sounds a little pissy. Maybe he wouldn’t have to be so defensive if his boss actually did his job.

4 Replies to “Mayor’s Secretary Gets Tweefensive”

  1. “Maybe he wouldn’t have to be so defensive if his boss actually did his job.”

    That’s it in a nutshell, isn’t it?

  2. Is it me or has twitter just become another propaganda tool rather than the simple networking thingy it started as. His tone has a lot to be desired if he wants to be taken seriously.

    Nice, “Maybe he wouldn’t have to be so defensive if his boss actually did his job.” hit it right on the bulls eye.

  3. I like his first tweet back on July 1:

    “Finally joining twitterworld. Hope 2 provide useful/helpful info on mayor v’s views & his administration’s positions. No. Mindless. Drivel.”

  4. “Sounds a little pissy. Maybe he wouldn’t have to be so defensive if his boss actually did his job.”

    He’s also probably upset because he might have thought that he was hitching a ride to a rising star, someone long ago touted as a future governor or senator, and now realizes that Antonio has squandered his chances.

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