Rebekah Stevens, a woman whose unhinged, abusive, and racist tweets as @PolitixFireball led to multiple suspensions by Twitter, has resigned from her new position as Press Secretary to New Mexico congressman Steve Pearce. Justin Horvath of the Santa Fe Reporter has the scoop:
“I am proud to hire passionate, hardworking, and dedicated congressional staff out of New Mexico,” Pearce says in a statement released today. “When I hired Miss Stevens, I hoped she could transition from activist to become an asset to the people of New Mexico. It is now clear that major obstacles will prevent this. I asked for and accepted her resignation this morning. I hold myself and my staff to the highest level of accountability, and any distractions that hinder my service to New Mexicans must always be addressed.”
Those “major obstacles” to which Pearce referred are Stevens’s own tweets and blog posts. Progress Now New Mexico, the website which outed Rep. Pearce’s new hire as Stevens, offered several shining examples of her bellicose style. But now that she has unlocked her @PolitixFireball account, we can also see that she had been tweeting like Pearce’s Press Secretary for several days before she was officially hired. Example here:
— Politix Fireball™ (@PolitixFireball) March 19, 2014
At BU, we were more familiar with Stevens’s past participation in Brett Kimberlin mania than her controversial tweets about “Jews going up in smoke” and so forth. Her hire was alarming, however, because we have dealt with so many disinhibited Twitter trolls in the Kimberlin “scene.” The prospect that more people like Lynn Thomas might be rewarded for their outrages by getting hired as congressional staffers was rather crazy-making, so we are relieved to see this precedent snuffed out in just four days thanks to good work by Progress Now NM.