Ohio House speaker's Twitter account hacked

Speaker William Batchelder (Source: Ohio House of Representatives)
Speaker William Batchelder (Source: Ohio House of Representatives)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Aides to the Republican speaker of the Ohio House say his Twitter account was hacked by a person who tweeted support for liberal causes.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that in other phony posts Speaker William Batchelder appeared to criticize Republican Gov. John Kasich or promote former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland.

House Republican caucus spokesman Mike Dittoe says someone who follows Batchelder on Twitter noticed the tweets Monday night. A GOP attorney had the company eliminate the messages.

News of the breach comes amid a media storm surrounding a lewd photo sent from the Twitter account of a Democratic congressman from New York, Anthony Weiner.

Batchelder told the Dispatch he was unaware he had a Twitter feed. Dittoe says it's maintained by caucus staffers to get messages out.

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