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James Gunn (congressman)

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James Gunn
James Gunn (Idaho Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1899
Preceded byEdgar Wilson
Succeeded byEdgar Wilson
Personal details
Born(1843-03-06)March 6, 1843
County Fermanagh, Ireland
DiedNovember 5, 1911(1911-11-05) (aged 68)
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Resting placeMorris Hill Cemetery
Boise, Idaho
Political partyPopulist
ResidenceHailey, Idaho
Boise, Idaho

James Gunn (March 6, 1843 – November 5, 1911) was a one-term U. S. Congressman from the state of Idaho.

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To make matters worse, he gave out his location so that everyone could track him down, including the police. “Any dealers in Vaughan wanna make a 20sac chop? Come to Keele/Langstaff Mr. Lube, need a spliff,” Baheerathan tweeted. “Awesome! Can we come too?” responded Constable Blair McQuillan of York Regional Police. Not surprisingly, Baheerathan got fired instead of getting pot. 18. “Party Girl” Teacher Tweets Carly McKinney was a Colorado math teacher who was not afraid to show her wild side outside of the classroom on social media. The attractive young teacher posted semi-nude photos of herself on Twitter, and she made her penchant for pot smoking public. According to one source, she wrote “Naked. Wet. Stoned” in one tweet and “Maybe I’ll teach high just to see what happens!” in another. There was a Twitter photo of herself actually smoking pot inside her car. Once word about her racy tweets got out, she was first suspended and then fired, although “her students tried to save her” from losing her job. 17. Broke Girls Tweet Phil Hardy worked as a congressional staffer for Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador until he made an embarrassing mistake. Not realizing he was still logged into Labrador’s official Twitter account, Hardy wrote, “Me likey Broke Girls.” According to a Daily Mail article, Hardy meant to post this comment on his own Twitter account in response to seeing a sexy Super Bowl ad. It featured the two stars of the CBS comedy Broke Girls, Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, pole dancing to Def Leppard’s song “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” The comment was online for only 14 seconds, but it was 14 seconds too long. Labrador’s office “apologized for the tweet,” and Labrador fired Hardy. 16. Chrysler Tweet That Chews Out Drivers According to a Business Insider article, Scott Bartosiewicz “was a social media strategist for New Media Strategies.” He managed Chrysler’s Twitter account until one day, like Phil Hardy, he posted an inappropriate tweet meant for his own personal account. On Chrysler’s official Twitter account, he dropped the F-bomb and mocked Detroit drivers when he tweeted, “I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the #motorcity and yet no one here knows how to f*cking drive.” Needless to say, Chrysler was not happy about what this tweet did to its public image, and Bartosiewicz lost his job. 15. Whistleblower Tweet In 2013, developer Adria Richards attended a conference where she heard two men near her making sexual jokes. She was offended by the jokes and could not resist the temptation to vent about the men on Twitter. According to ABC News, she photographed them and tweeted, “Not cool. Jokes about forking repo’s in a sexual way and ‘big’ dongles. Right behind me.” The tweet had more negative consequences than Richards could have imagined. One of the men who made the sexist remarks was fired and so was Richards. The CEO of SendGrid, the company Richards worked for, explained that he dismissed her because “he took issue with her decision to ‘publicly’ shame the offenders by tweeting the comments and photos” and that “her actions have strongly divided the same community she was supposed to unite.” ABC also reported that Richards “received rape and death threats on websites” and that the hacking group Anonymous released “a statement that it would take action against SendGrid's users and computer systems if it didn't fire Richards.” One source reported that Richards stopped tweeting for a year due to threats and harassment but has since returned to Twitter. 14. Insensitive Tweet about a War Hero Widow Turning tragedy into an opportunity for political mockery backfired for former Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama volunteer Dan Grilo. In response to Trump’s tribute to the widow of fallen U.S. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, Grilo tweeted, “Sorry, Owens' wife, you’re not helping yourself or your husband’s memory by standing there and clapping like an idiot. Trump just used you.” According to Fox News, Grilo’s tweet offended “commentators on both sides of the aisle.” It also caused Grilo to lose his job as a principal for Liberty Advisor Group. A company statement said, “Regardless of whether the comments in the tweet were intended to cause the hurt and anger that they ultimately generated, they were unacceptable to us, and the individual who issued the tweet is no longer affiliated with Liberty.” 13. Tasteless Costume Tweet In 2013, Alicia Ann Lynch lost her job and made herself a target for social media persecution because of her thoughtless choice of Halloween costume. On her Twitter and Instagram accounts, she posted a photo of herself dressed as a bloody Boston Marathon bombing victim for Halloween. The tragic event was still fresh in people’s minds because it happened earlier that year in April, and Internet users were merciless in their online attacks against her. According to the New York Daily News, Lynch, her parents, and her best friend received “vicious threats” from strangers who called them after obtaining personal details from a partial photo of Lynch’s driver’s license. Another source states that “Twitter users circulated nude pictures and videos of her found on Tumblr.” Unable to tolerate the hate, Lynch closed down all of her social media accounts, but “later reopened her Twitter account in an attempt to be forgiven for the costume.” 12. Sports-Related Racist Tweet In 2010, former MLB pitcher Mike Bacsik was working as a sports producer and radio personality until he cranked out a racist tweet in a fit of drunken dismay over the outcome of a Maverick-Spurs game. “Congrats to all the dirty mexicans in San Antonio” is the tweet that got him suspended and then fired from his job. In an interview with ESPN, Bacsik was apologetic and took responsibility for what he tweeted. "If you want to do a job like this, your guard always has to be up," he said. "It's tough because my guard was down. I learned my lesson. I'm owning up to what I did. I did a horrible thing. I'm very sorry and will try my best for my actions to speak louder than my tweets." 11. Sacco Sacked for Racist Tweet You would think that public relations executives of all people would be careful about what they post on Twitter, but Justine Sacco was not. According to one source, she wrote, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” By the time her long flight to South Africa was almost over, her racist comment spread across the Internet, offending people far and wide. The company she worked for, InterActive Corp, could not keep her on as a PR executive amidst the public outrage caused by her racist tweet. Sacco was fired and joined the ranks of the other doomed public relations people on this list. 10. Roseanne Barr’s Racist Tweet Roseanne Barr made headlines earlier in 2018 when she was fired from her sitcom for posting a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. Barr tweeted that Jarrett “was equal to the ‘Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes’” according to a Guardian article. Since her firing, Barr is somewhat apologetic and has provided a wide range of explanations for this indefensible tweet. 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If she tried something I’d be like hey! you get your bitch ass back in the kitchen and make me some pie!” According to the Observer, both lines were from TV shows that were “intended to make fun of people who are sexist.” Edwards is best known for his misogynistic tweet, "Would swat [sic] her in the back of the head been considered abuse or a way to reset the brain?" Both firefighters were fired because these tweets “were deemed to be in violation of city policy” according to one source. However, they challenged their dismissals. Bowman’s termination was upheld because he posted other tweets that were more disturbing than the offensive TV lines, such as this one reported by an online legal news website called “if you were deaf I would rape you and then break your fingers so you can’t tell anyone ...” However, states Edwards was reinstated because his “swat” tweet was considered to be an “isolated instance.” An arbitrator overseeing the firefighters’ case said in her decision that “While I have found that the ‘swat in the back of the head’ tweet was inappropriate, I find that termination is too harsh a penalty for that comment.” 8. “Instant Karma” Tweet In 2017, sociology professor Kenneth L. Storey unleashed a storm of social media outrage with this irrational and insensitive tweet about Hurricane Harvey: I dont believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesnt care about them. 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Trump Incest Tweet According to an entertainment news website called The Wrap, Politico reporter Julia Ioffe tweeted in 2016 that Donald Trump “is either f—–g his daughter or he’s shirking nepotism laws.” In response to her tweet, Politico ended her contract early and sent a letter out to employees. “We understand how absolutely infuriating it is to have incidents like this tarnish POLITICO and the great work being done across the company,” the letter said. “We feel the same, and as such there will be little tolerance for this type of behavior.” Fortunately for Ioffe, she was on her way to another job at The Atlantic at the time she made the offensive tweet. The Atlantic did not seem worried Ioffe might make a similar blunder in her new position. 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According to a Daily Mail story, Jankowski defended his action by calling the photo a “prank.” The photo won him the title “winner of the piss Olympics” from Hunter Moore, who is known for the “now-defunct ‘revenge porn’ website Is Anyone Up?” Jankowski also tweeted that he did not give the urine-soaked nachos to anyone and that “There are no laws saying what you can and cannot piss upon.” These arguments did not quell the growing backlash from Internet users. A hacking group called Anonymous “asked their 140,000 followers to ‘Find This Taco Bell Employee,’” and it “created a video of Jankowski’s Tweets with a series of photographs of him to shame him.” Taco Bell soon found out what Jankowski did and fired him. Taco Bell spokeswoman Amy Kavanaugh said, “We find this prank absolutely unacceptable, and we plan to terminate anyone involved and work with authorities to pursue legal action.” 3. James Gunn’s Rape and Pedophilia Tweets There’s a saying that once something is on the Internet, it stays on the Internet forever. Director James Gunn would probably agree after losing his job as director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise over some old but still offensive tweets that recently surfaced. USA Today reported that tweets such as “I like when little boys touch me in my silly place” and “The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!' " did not uphold Disney Studio’s values, so the company fired him. 2. Anthony Weiner’s First Lewd Public Tweet This list would not be complete without mentioning the first major social media mistake of sexting addict Anthony Weiner. The troubles for the New York congressman began when he tweeted an indecent photo of himself to a 21-year-old female college student in 2011. Unfortunately, Weiner sent it as a public tweet. The tweet was deleted but not in time to avoid detection. According to, a Twitter user named Dan Wolfe retweeted Weiner’s scandalous tweet, and the retweet got the attention of blogger Andrew Breitbart. Breitbart later published a piece on Weiner’s deleted tweet, and soon the tweet received national attention. To make a long story short, Weiner tried to deny the tweet was his, but later he owned up to it and was out of a job after he resigned from Congress. 1. Infamous Trump Head Tweet Kathy Griffin likes to shock people with her comedy, but she went too far in 2017 when she posted a photo of herself on Twitter and Instagram holding what looked like the bloody, decapitated head of President Donald Trump, which was actually a mask. The horrible social media stunt received widespread public condemnation. Even Democrats such as her friend Anderson Cooper did not approve of the photo according to one source. There were other negative consequences. An article posted on The Wrap reports that “in the aftermath of the incident, Griffin lost a number of jobs including on CNN’s New Year’s Eve show with Anderson Cooper and multiple live gigs.” She was also investigated by the Secret Service and received death threats according to a Hollywood Reporter article. Do you know of a tweet that should be on this list? Have you or someone you know lost a job over an inappropriate tweet? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video called Why Winning The Lottery Is The Worst Thing That Can Happen To You! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!


Born in County Fermanagh, Ireland, Gunn emigrated to the United States with his parents while he was very young. The family settled in Wisconsin where he attended the common schools. James later attended the Notre Dame Academy in Indiana and taught school briefly before the Civil War.

In 1862, Gunn enlisted in the 27th Wisconsin Infantry and served with them for the remainder of the war. By the time he was discharged in October 1865, he was a Captain. He briefly studied law, but never practiced, and, in 1866, he headed west.

In the West, he followed opportunity and lived for a while in Gilpin County and Georgetown, Colorado. He also worked in Virginia City, Nevada, and in California before settling in Hailey, Idaho, in 1881. At Hailey, he went into the newspaper business, publishing the Wood River Valley Sentinel.

Gunn became a member of the Populist Party, and stood for office several times. When Idaho became a state in 1890, Gunn was elected to the state Senate.

He also served as editor of the Boise Sentinel until elected to the state's at-large seat in Congress. Gunn ran for the seat four times; in 1892, 1894, 1896, and 1898, but only his 1896 race was successful. He defeated Boise attorney William Borah,[1] who later served over 32 years as a U.S. Senator (1907–40). Gunn lost his bid for re-election in 1898 to Edgar Wilson, a Silver Republican, whom had preceded Gunn in office as a Republican.[2]

Gunn later was the commandant of the Idaho Soldiers' Home in 1901–03. He died in 1911 and is buried at Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise.


  1. ^ "1896 Idaho At-Large Congressional Election". Our Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  2. ^ "1898 Idaho At-Large Congressional Election". Our Retrieved June 25, 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edgar Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's at-large congressional district

1897 – 1899
Succeeded by
Edgar Wilson
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