Rep's 'shagging' tweet gets attention

Eyebrows were raised after a message on Rep. Stephen Fincher’s Twitter account declared the Tennessee Republican’s love of “shagging.”

But a spokeswoman for the congressman’s office says the since-deleted tweet “had nothing to do” with Fincher — nor the British slang term for sex.

The original tweet sent to Fincher’s 6,700 followers read: “God I love this song. And beach music. AND shagging. #pandora,” accompanied by a link to a music page for the song “I Love Beach Music” by The Embers. The message was deleted nine hours later.

The Tuesday tweet was captured by the Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops site. The nonpartisan nonprofit tracks and archives posts that are deleted by lawmakers.

Fincher communications director Elizabeth Lauten tells ITK a staffer’s Pandora account was somehow connected to the lawmaker’s Twitter account through a third-party application. “It had nothing to do with him at all,” Lauten said.

The term “shagging,” Lauten, a North Carolina native explained, is a word used to describe a Southern dance done at the beach.

The lyrics in The Embers’s song say, “I learned to shag on the beach, with the salt in the air, and the sand at my feet.” 

This story has been updated.

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