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Congressman fires staffers over indiscreet tweets

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A congressman from Washington state fired three aides on Thursday shortly after learning of their indiscreet tweets that talked of on-the-job drinking and insulted their boss.

Democratic Representative Rick Larsen fired the youthful trio — Seth Burroughs, Elizabeth Robbee and Ben Byers — shortly after a report by the online NW Daily Marker outlined their Twitter feeds from August to early December.

The tweets carried on the journal’s site included references to a morning round of “Jack” shots on the steps of a congressional office building, watching Nirvana clips on YouTube, and a reference to “my idiot boss.”

Larsen and his staff learned about the tweets at noon EST and they were fired just over an hour later, the congressman’s office said in a statement.

“Neither Congressman Larsen nor his other staff were aware of the actions by these three staff members before today,” it said.

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“Congressman Larsen is disappointed by their actions and takes this very seriously. He has made it clear that he will not tolerate this kind of behavior.”

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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