Phil Hardy, Rep. Raul Labrador’s spokesman since his upset congressional win in 2010, has been fired for mistakenly tweeting in the name of his boss about his admiration for two actresses pole dancing in a Super Bowl ad.
The tweet, “Me likey Broke Girls,” was deleted after 14 seconds but is archived on a website that collects deleted tweets from politicians.
The Idaho Republican’s office apologized Monday for the tweet, which was Hardy’s take on a CBS promotional spot featuring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, the stars of “2 Broke Girls,” dancing in revealing clothing. The pair were depicted on the show’s set — a Brooklyn diner — gyrating to a Def Leppard pole-dancing tune “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”
Hardy worked in the music industry, including a stint in London, specializing in heavy metal bands, before coming to Idaho. His first job in politics was as a spokesman for the Idaho Senate GOP Caucus.
Labrador made the decision to fire Hardy, said the Idaho Republican’s district director, Jake Ball.
Ball said Labrador fired Hardy late Monday, after news of the embarrassing tweet.
“That’s Raul’s call,” Ball said of the firing. “It was the boss” who told Hardy Monday afternoon.
The Meridian-based Hardy’s official title was “coalitions director,” but he functioned as Labrador’s official spokesman and press agent, a job he also held in the 2010 campaign.
When I asked Ball to explain why the tweet was a firing offense, Ball said he couldn’t answer on Labrador’s behalf. “Let me see if the boss would like to answer these questions on his own,” Ball said Tuesday afternoon. “I did not make the decision.”
My attempts to reach Hardy on Tuesday afternoon were unsuccessful.