State says employee who posted anti-Trump tweet no longer on the job

 Screen grab of DHSS tweets during debate
Screen grab of DHSS tweets during debate (KTUU)
Published: Sep. 26, 2016 at 8:53 PM AKDT
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The employee who posted partisan political tweets to an official state of Alaska Twitter feed no longer works for the Health Department, a spokeswoman said Friday.

The tweets, posted during the presidential debate, appeared to take aim at Republican nominee Donald Trump.

"Donald Trump, red-face mansplainer, telling us about the middle class?" read one of the posts on the feed for the Department of Health and Social Services.

The state has said the posts were intended for the employee's personal twitter feed and were inadvertently posted to the public account.

"On a general level, we have taken steps to prevent this type of incident from occurring again," department spokeswoman Susan Morgan wrote in an email.

"Our Public Information Team immediately began reviewing the policies and procedures surrounding the use of Twitter and the number of employees with access to post to the account, and will be recommending changes to the department commissioner," Morgan wrote.

The Health Department declined to name the employee nor his or her personal twitter handle, calling the issue a personnel matter. Morgan declined to discuss the disciplinary process, saying only that the employee no longer works for the department.

"In this instance, the employee was at home and not on work time, but made unfortunate, inadvertent use of state resources to send partisan political messages," Morgan wrote.

-- Kyle Hopkins / KTUU

The Twitter page for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services says "Our mission is to promote and protect the health and well-being of Alaskans."

Monday night, during the presidential debate, some partisan political comments aimed at Donald Trump were posted on the state agency's official social media site by a DHSS staff member, according to a department spokesperson.

One Tweet said, "Clinton's emails? How about his rape charges?"

Another posting about five minutes later read, "Donald Trump, red-face mansplainer, telling us about the middle class?"

Channel 2 News emailed the Department of Health and Social Services about the tweets.

Spokesperson Susan Morgan replied "We apologize. Some recent tweets were inadvertently posted to our Twitter account by a DHSS staff member who was accidentally logged into the DHSS account instead of their personal account while on their personal phone at home."

Morgan added "The inadvertent tweets were deleted and we will be reviewing the matter in the days ahead to ensure it doesn't happen again."

A similar statement was posted on the DHSS twitter feed Monday evening.