Brownback: We Overreacted to Tweet

    WASHINGTON - MAY 18: Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), listens to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testify during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on May 18, 2010 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony about the accident involving the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded and is now leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sam Brownback

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    Instead of getting an apology, it was Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas who had to apologize. Brownback said his office "overreacted" and shouldn't have asked 18-year-old high-school student Emma Sullivan to say sorry for tweeting a disparaging comment. Last week Sullivan tweeted: “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.” She admitted that she didn’t make that comment and that the tweet was a joke. But when her principal demanded she write an apology to Brownback, she refused. She had more than 10,000 followers as of Monday afternoon (@emmakate988), more than triple that of Brownback (@govsambrownback).

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