A staffer for Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez, who is running for city mayor, has been bashing constituents online using her personal Twitter account.
Christina 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 lobotomy.
“Dear Constituents...PLEASE GET A LIFE, A HOBBY, A LOBOTOMY ... whatever,” Haramboure posted Monday.
Suarez, 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 November’s election.
Haramboure said 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.
After he approached her about the tweets, Suarez said Haramboure apologized. She also deleted her Twitter account.
“She admitted and took responsibility for the messages,” Suarez said. “This is not the way we treat constituents.”
The commissioner said Haramboure offered to resign, but he decided she should keep her job, having learned a lesson about venting her work-related frustrations.