After the blowup that occurred when Gov. Sam Brownback’s staff complained about a high school student’s tweet, you would think that administration staffers would be extra careful about social media. But Melissa Ward, a former GOP political operative who is now the ombudsman at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, is taking some heat for a tweet she posted on her personal Twitter account, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Ward asked how many people would be available to protest President Obama’s speech Tuesday in Osawatomie. Joan Wagnon, the chairwoman of the Kansas Democratic Party, said the tweet was inappropriate for an SRS ombudsman, though she said it can be tricky to “sort out your role as a state employee from your personal involvement in partisan political activities.”
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