Ky. House Speaker Stumbo explains Twitter hack, McConnell comments


by Joe Arnold

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 6:43 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Anthony Weiner and Greg Stumbo?

At one time, all said hackers had taken over their Twitter accounts.

A Spears Tweet advocated Satan-worshipping, Lady Gaga’s feed promised free iPads, Weiner originally blamed a hacker for racy photos he later acknowledged were his and last week, Stumbo’s Twitter account took aim at Senator Mitch McConnell – questioning his net worth and Army record.

“To rich Mitch,” a tweet reads: “You sent our young men and women to war which was useless, how about making your military file public? The dead deserves it.”

Hours later, Stumbo tweeted he had been hacked.

"Someone just called me about all the tweets - I've been hacked. I'll have to change my password. Goodnight, everyone," he said.

Digital media and social media in general are still somewhat of a new medium.

University of Louisville Digital Media Director Jeff Rushton says hacking does happen but often there’s a simpler explanation – when someone fails to log out of their computer or someone who has legitimate access to accounts, goes rogue.

Stumbo has not said if anyone else has legitimate access to his Twitter account.

“And that can happen and it looks like a hack. Because I didn’t type it, you didn’t type it – we often think that we were hacked but sometimes it’s our fault,” Rushton said.

One day after disavowing and deleting the tweets, Stumbo embraced them:

"Can’t take credit," Stumbo tweeted. "But don't deny I agree with most of them. Why won't Mitch release his records?"

Stumbo used the same line of attack when McConnell ran 6 years ago – saying McConnell hasn't proven he didn't get preferential treatment when he was honorably discharged from the Army in 1967.

In 2008, McConnell allowed WHAS11 to review his discharge papers, which state he was discharged because of not meeting medical fitness standards at time of enlistment.

McConnell aides said he suffered from an eye condition known as optic neuritis.

The Republican Party is linking Stumbo to 2014 democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

“Grimes and her supporters have turned this into a three-ring circus full of potential hacking accusations, fishy explanations and smear tactics,” Kelsey Cooper of the Republican Party of Kentucky said.

Other than his tweets, Stumbo has not commented, said if anyone else has access to his account of called for any investigation.