Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner’s office is stretching its social media muscle with the posting of the Ohio congressman’s first video with Twitter’s Vine app today.
So what was the occasion the House leader chose to capture?
Representatives Tim Griffin (R-AR) and Todd Young (R-IN) preparing to deliver the weekly GOP Republican address on fairness in Obamacare, the President’s health care legislation whose implementation has been delayed.
The video is part of an ongoing theme the Speaker seems to be focused on this week, judging by the posts on his official blog that are also shared on Facebook. Twitter’s Vine app is offering another format in which he can talk about the issue.
Don Seymour, director of digital media for Speaker Boehner, confirmed that “several lawmakers are using Vine. Reps. Rick Crawford (R-AR), Trey Radel (R-Fla.), the “hip-hop conservative,” and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) come to mind—and there are others, too.”
He adds that House Members are free to use Vine just like any other digital media tool.
The U.S. Senate’s Rules and Administration committee officially blessed the Twitter app last month, clearing the way for senators to make vines. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made vines last month to urge colleagues to pass the immigration reform bill.