Rarely can a partisan make a statement that unites Americans so much, regardless of party or ideology, but Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) did just that during his last year in the House:
Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is. I’m only left with more questions.
— John Dingell (@john_dingell) July 22, 2014
The context? A tweet mistakenly sent out on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water official account promoted a Kardashian app: “I’m now a C-list celebrity in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Come join me and become famous too by playing on iPhone!”
“I’m the last original author of the Clean Water Act, but I have no idea who/what a Kardashian is and I rarely play games. You OK, @EPAwater?” Dingell first tweeted in response.
“Whoops…our bad. Sorry about tweet. Upside – more attention for the Office of Water (http://water.epa.gov ), thanks @KimKardashian,” the EPA followed up after deleting the tweet, which it blamed on a fellow.
Last month, the House said goodbye to the last World War II veterans serving in Congress: Dingell, the retiring longest serving member of Congress in history, and Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), who was defeated in his primary.
Dingell, 88, and Hall, 91, served a combined 46 terms, or 92 years, in the House. Dingell’s wife, Debbie Dingell, 61, won his House seat. Today, Dingell made it official by adding “former” to his longtime title.
Added the “F” word to my Twitter bio.
— John Dingell (@john_dingell) January 2, 2015