Being sworn in as a U.S. Senator isn’t the only milestone Chris Murphy reached this month. He’s also celebrating a victory over his fellow Democrat, Congressman Jim Himes, in the quest to win more Twitter followers.
@ChrisMurphyCT has 8,369 followers (as of 11:15 Tuesday night); @jahimes has 8,344. Himes’ has long drawn notice for his tweets and was named second best congressional tweeter by Wasingtonian magazine, but now Murphy is claiming victory.
“At long last, Congressman Himes’ long and oppressive rule atop Connecticut’s Twitter delegation has finally ended,” Murphy posted on Facebook.
First, I want to thank each and every person or bot who has clicked ‘follow,’ and come along on this journey with me. We’ve proven that, together, we can truly accomplish the impossible: we can best Jim Himes. It’s encouraging to see so many people in Connecticut and across the country are engaged in more than just endless musings about Metro-North trains, obscure literary references, and oysters.
And second, while some may attribute this achievement to my election to the Senate, it’s important to remember that we’re all working with the same Internet here. People are free to follow whoever they want, and increasingly it seems they are choosing me instead of Jim.”