A Federal Highway spokesman Administration has made dozens of jokes in recent years about mass shooting, abortion and killing of Trayvon Martin, a review of his personal Twitter account show.
Tweets by Doug Hecox, a comedian, author and adjunct professor in addition to his role on the highway agency, include a 2016 post in which he wrote: "Several Republicans would support abortion if they realized how many Democrats it prevents . "
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The Twitter account was made private card before POLITICO asked about Hecox's tweets. Hecox, who, according to his LinkedIn profile, has been with agency since 2004, did not respond to sc Equest for comment.
The agency responded by noting that its social media policy allows "limited personal use of web-based interactive technology sites … during breaks or during lunch" and that users' personal views expressed on personal Twitter accounts "do not represent the posts of the agency "The agency did not question whether the tweets were inappropriate or unethical, and its social media policy, which was last updated in 2011, seems to focus primarily on the use of official social media accounts or behavior at work. The Agency noted that public affairs do not have official social media.
account does not indicate Hecox's full name or suggest any connection to his government job, but a Q&A with Hecox on the federal agency's website says that the Twitter account belongs to him. The Agency's site also shows Hecox as the owner of a personal website linked from the Twitter account's bio-page. Some recent tweets included pictures from highway agency events as well as references to Hecox's work as an adjunct professor of journalism at American University.
Hecox has tweeted several times about lots of shots. In 2012, 20 children were killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, and Hecox tweeted: "The realist in me thinks Newtown shooting is a tragedy, but the optimist in me thinks it's a good lesson in subtraction." also the subject of several other tweets published by Hecox that day.
Other tweets talked about the massacre at Columbine High School in 1999 and a play at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo in 2012. Hecox tweeted about Aurora shooting at least seven times in the days following the attack, killing 12 people and injuring 70.  "Thanks to the Aurora shooter, hundreds of movie guests were spared heart disease from heavily buttered movie popcorn. #Silverlining, a tweet read.
Other topics that Hecox undertook include: Trayvon Martin shooting, transsexual bathrooms and Syrian refugees. He also repeatedly uses a word that the developmentally handicapped are considering a slur.
On his website, Hecox writes: "My uprising material is mostly clean, which leads me to many corporate gigs, conferences and workshops where profanity is not allowed. However, I also often perform for colleges and in comedy clubs where edgier material is preferred. "
Paul Light, professor of public service at New York University, said the tweets are not illegal or unethical, but raises questions about the line between Hecox's comedy and his job as spokesman for a federal agency.
"In every publicly visible role, be careful about balancing your personal and professional lives. I think he may want to consider which profession he wants to pursue," Light said. how your life works if you have to be a public officer. If he makes raw jokes … he must think about how he will handle these two pieces of his world. "
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, said making light on gun violence contributes to people not taking the issue seriously and that Hecox tweets, especially on the mass day, are offensive.
" The The bottom line is that gunfire is not a joke. It's about life and death. Everyone, including our public officials, must take America's arms violence seriously, "she said." This person thought it was a good idea to suck victims of violence on the worst day of the lives of their family members. It's not fun, it's not appropriate, and it's actually incredibly offensive and shouldn't be acceptable in our culture. "
An American university spokesman said:" We do not tolerate the insensitive posts of the individual's Twitter account. "