Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), the ranking Republican on the
House Oversight committee, surprised Twitter followers this week with a
new avatar — and it's not just another campaign headshot.
photo shows an MS Paint-style stick-figure wearing a policeman's cap
and standing next to the Capitol Building (see photo below).
to Oversight GOP spokesman Seamus Kraft, the character is Officer Terry
Transparency of the Oversight Police.
A joke? Kraft
"Terry was drawn up by the team here at Oversight
Productions — for the video and other visuals, as well as for the boss'
Twitter avatar," he wrote in an email. "Officer Transparency and his
partner [shown in related videos], in their humorous and ironic way,
have helped GOP Team Oversight fill the accountability gap between the
oversight we were promised by Congressional Democrats and the lack of
oversight going on today."
The office has produced two videos
so far — "The
Case of the Math-Challenged Treasury Secretary" and "The
Case of the Schizo Strategy" — which play off classic noir
detective films to show stick-figured "Transparency" and his partner,
Joe Thursday, sleuthing for Issa, who they call their boss.
you make my little twigs pay your bill?" Transparency, in pitchy
falsetto, asks Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner at one point.
a Mickey-Mouse voiced stick figure is holding the Obama administration
more accountable to the American people than you [Congressional
Democrats] are, it's a tough day at the office," Kraft said.
He added that Issa has "gotten some good feedback" following the avatar change, but that one blog wasn't so favorable.
"@DarrellIssa Seriously, we're all about creating Twitter photos with MS Paint but yours is ridiculous," tweeted HuffPostHill.