(Original story at the Denver Post here.)
This is atypical of Facebook activities that get employee-users into trouble. It is worth noting that he was disciplined for participating in a non-work related activity — one that would cause his boss, the governor, great embarrassment due to its nature.
Hickenlooper staffer disciplined after caught campaigning at work
A staffer for Gov. John Hickenlooper has been disciplined after he conducted campaign business at work, prompting a stern warning to all state employees from Chief of Staff Roxane White.
“You may NEVER, EVER use State resources for campaign work,” White said in missive sent Thursday. “This includes conducting campaign business on your work computers or in the Capitol. If you violate this policy, disciplinary action will be taken.”
White’s admonishment came after The Denver Post inquired about Tyler Mounsey, the governor’s director of constituent service. The Post received a tip that Mounsey sent Facebook invitations for a fundraiser for Hickenlooper from a state computer. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is running for re-election.
Mounsey acknowledged that he had sent the invite, and has received a written reprimand, said Hickenlooper spokesman Eric Brown.
“He knows he shouldn’t have done it. He was very apologetic,” Brown said. “It was very brief, but even brief was wrong. It won’t happen again.”
It’s not the first time someone has been caught campaigning under the Gold Dome.
Two years ago, lawmakers received an e-mail from Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton offering his help in their elections. It was sent from a state account.