A staffer for
Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez, who is running for city mayor, has been
bashing constituents online using her personal Twitter account.
Haramboure, a 24-year-old special aide and administrative assistant in Suarez’s
District 4 office, has complained about her job using the Twitter handle
@ChristinaHam — at one point this week suggesting that constituents get a
Constituents...PLEASE GET A LIFE, A HOBBY, A LOBOTOMY ... whatever,” Haramboure
Later in the
day, she tweeted, “It amazes me how much people like to call here & b*itch
at me ALLL DAY. their lives must really suck #leavemealone #socrabby
Haramboure’s boss, has made a push over the past few months to harness the
power of social media in reaching out to younger voters who have not typically
participated in Miami
municipal elections. Suarez, 35, is challenging incumbent Tomás Regalado, 66, in
in an email to the Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald on Tuesday that her posts “are
not a reflection of my attitude toward constituents.”
“Over the last
two years, I have worked tirelessly to help hundreds of constituents, and I
have made great personal sacrifices to continue serving the residents of
District 4,” she said. “I regret the Twitter postings and I apologize to anyone
I may have hurt.”
In an interview
earlier Tuesday, Suarez said he was unaware of Haramboure’s tweets. He does not
follow Haramboure from his Twitter own account, @FrancisSuarez.
approached her about the tweets, Suarez said Haramboure apologized. She also
deleted her Twitter account.
and took responsibility for the messages,” Suarez said. “This is not the way we
commissioner said Haramboure offered to resign, but he decided she should keep
her job, having learned a lesson about venting her work-related frustrations.