San Diegans Tweet Debt Talk Frustrations

Twitter users vent to representatives about the debt bill

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    Twitter can be used as a communication tool for people hoping to reach out to their representative.

    Enraged at San Diego representatives for the debt ceiling? Try tweeting them.

    After phone lines were busy at the U.S. House of Representatives last week, local constituents had the option of reaching out to legislators via the popular social media site.

    Reps. Brian Bilbray (R- San Diego) and Darrell Issa (R-San Diego) tweeted openly about the debt crisis, with Issa directly actively engaging his followers with conversation about the debt ceiling. Bilbray used Twitter to invite NBC anchor Brian Williams into his office to discuss last week’s speech from President Barack Obama.

    Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego) didn’t use his Twitter to discuss the debt-limit vote, but users still mentioned him with requests to cut spending.

    Recent posts toward local representatives show a mixture of aggravation and support. Some users are pleading for a compromise, while others openly vent their disapproval.

    Districts 52 and 53 are out of luck should residents wish to contact their representatives on Twitter – neither Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-San Diego) nor Susan Davis (D-San Diego) have active accounts. But both legislators utilize their Facebook pages, and have been posting comments throughout the debt talks.

    Now that the vote is going to the Senate, Californians can tweet any concerns to Sen. Barbara Boxer, as Sen. Dianne Feinstein does not have an active Twitter account.