Stewart Mills makes hay out of Rick Nolan's deleted tweet about the Constitution
But Stewart, all human creations are imperfect, aren't they?
Mills (left) and Nolan
Republican U.S. House hopeful Stewart Mills put incumbent Democrat Rick Nolan on blast yesterday for a tweet posted but then promptly deleted from Nolan's account in which the U.S. Constitution is described as an "imperfect document."
"Rick Nolan needs to explain what exactly he meant when he called the Constitution an imperfect document on Friday," Mills said in a release. "As a Member of Congress, he took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, but now he's showing his true colors. For hundreds of years, countless Americans have fought and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our way of life."
"They stood up to defend not only their country, but their Constitution and all it stands for," Mills continued. "The Eighth Congressional District needs someone who will respect the principles our country was founded on, not someone who thinks that foundation is imperfect."
A Mills spokesperson tells us the campaign first was alerted to the deleted tweet after it was posted on Politwoops. Mills drew attention to it on Twitter before issuing the aforementioned release:
-- Stewart Mills (@StewartMillsMN) July 21, 2014
Nolan's ill-fated tweet came in response to this post from Republican Arizona U.S. Rep. Trent Franks:
-- Rep. Trent Franks (@RepTrentFranks) July 18, 2014
We contacted a Nolan source for comment. They declined to comment on the record, but characterized the controversy as a non-story and pointed out that the tweet may have been deleted simply because it contained a typo.
The source also said it appears the tweet may have been published by a user not authorized to post from Nolan's official account, but they didn't confirm that.
Setting all that aside, the source argued that even the Founding Fathers wouldn't take issue with the claim that the U.S. Constitution is an imperfect document, as delegates to the Constitutional Convention openly disagreed about a wide range of issues.
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