Sen. Specter posts on Twitter that he hearts Joe Sestak, then immediately deletes it.

Sen. Arlen Specter’s official Twitter page had a post up yesterday at 4:42pm ET using the heart symbol — <3 — to express his affection for his Democratic primary challenger:

SenArlenSpecter: <3 @JoeSestak

The Tweet was deleted after just a few minutes, but it can still be accessed via Tweleted. The next tweet from Sen. Specter simply noted that he, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) spoke at a labor rally in Pittsburgh. ThinkProgress contacted Specter’s Senate office about the deletion, but a spokesperson said that the campaign was responsible for the Twitter page. We have not yet received a response from the campaign staff.


Specter campaign manager Christopher Nichols responded to ThinkProgress, saying the tweet was a “typo”:

The post yesterday was a most unlikely and accidental typo. The intended message was “& @JoeSestak & @USRepMikeDoyle speak at labor rally on Saturday: http://bit.ly/XxxNj” With the link leading to a YouTube video of the labor rally in Pittsburgh on Saturday. When we went to highlight the incorrect text, we accidentally clicked update.

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