Suddenly, there are idiots everywhere

A Republican from New York learns about the perils of hitting "send."

Published July 1, 2005 1:21PM (EDT)

Say this much for lobbyist Jack Abramoff: When he called some of his clients "idiots," "morons" and "monkeys" in email messages, he at least had the good sense not to forward the messages to those clients.

Willis Stephens? Not so clever. The Republican New York assemblyman was reading an online discussion board frequented by his constituents the other day. Thinking he was sending a note to an aide, he managed to direct it to readers of the discussion board instead. The note explained Stephens' interest in following discussions on the board, then referred to it as "watching the idiots pontificate."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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