by Kevin Allman
Sen. Mary Landrieu has lagged far behind her GOP counterpart, Sen. David Vitter, in one respect: Landrieu hasn't been down with the Twitter tubes. (Though lately the Vittertwitter has been mostly football-centric, with controversial tweets like "Let's geaux Tigers!" and "Who dat!")
Back in July 2009, I dropped a note to Landrieu's Washington office, asking if she'd ever be joining Twitter, and got this response:
Kevin — The Senator is indeed on Facebook, Flickr and YouTube. The Senator’s presence on each of those social networking sites is currently being beefed up. However, there are no plans for the Senator to begin tweeting.
Someone must have given in or changed their mind, because in mid-November, @SenLandrieu made its debut:
And her famous brother, @MayorLandrieu, encouraged his followers to follow his sister the day after the first tweet appeared.
Landrieu is currently at 712 followers, while Vitter is at 12,286. Advantage Vitter — though, as we've noted in this space before, the junior senator has a way to go before he completely masters Facebook.