Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (R) “inadvertently confirmed on Twitter this afternoon that he’ll challenge Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) in 2010,” Political Wire reports.
Apparently thinking that he was sending a private text message, Shurtleff posted that he would be making an official announcement soon, and that he could raise significant amounts of money in Utah, California, New York, Arizona and Texas.
The Salt Lake Tribune said Shurtleff planned to announce his candidacy on May 20.
Here is the screen capture of the mistaken tweets:
In a new Twitter update tonight, Mr. Shurtleff said he would in fact make his formal announcement on May 20.
Thinking of “texting while drowsy” law after private 1AM tweet went public. Formal announcement on 5/20 about senate race and tweeting plans
Update (5/20): As expected, The Hill reports that “Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (R) officially announced Wednesday that he will challenge Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) in a primary in 2010.”