Campaign: No, candidate Kenney hasn’t been barred from tweeting

 When he isn't Tweeting, former City Councilman Jim Kenney relies on traditional writing implements. (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)

When he isn't Tweeting, former City Councilman Jim Kenney relies on traditional writing implements. (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)

You may have heard that former Philly city councilman and current mayoral candidate Jim Kenney has embraced the use of the social-media platform Twitter.

If you haven’t heard that, might we suggest catching up on his football-related Twitter beef with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the oh-c’mon outroar over his spending $29K on a “social-media strategy” consultant or Citified’s deep-dive into Kenney’s pot-porn-and-Pope oeuvre.

So when a tipster wrote in with details of a purported Twitter ban over the weekend — specifically, “Kenney is not allowed by his campaign staff to tweet anymore” — it prompted an instant email from NinetyNine to campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt.

Here is that exchange in its entirety:

NinetyNine: “A little birdie told me that Jim has been forbidden (by campaign) from personally tweeting on the account. Is this a real development? Thanks!”

LH: “Not at all. It’s a big part of his public persona, and we have no intention of stopping it. You’ll also see tweets that are written by the campaign, but Jim is still very much at the keyboard.”

Random politico sitting next to NinetyNine when that response was received: “They probably changed the password so there’s another layer of eyes before [a Tweet] goes out.”

NinetyNine: “Sounds feasible. I mean, the campaign wouldn’t stop him from tweeting at Jimmy Fallon, after all.”

In the interest of comprehensive reporting (as you’ve come to expect from NinetyNine), Lynne Abraham, Nelson Diaz, Doug Oliver and Tony Williams also have Twitter presences, while T. Milton Street Sr. and Queena Bass do not.

Consider this a #FollowMonday Tweet, and a call for the latter two to get up on that Twitter jawn because, c’mon, how awesome would the prospect of a tweeting Milton be?

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