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Twitter feud erupts between Jerry Brown press shop, columnist

May 24, 2012 |  3:56 pm

A Twitter feud between Gov. Jerry Brown’s press secretary and writers from the Sacramento and Fresno Bee has found its way into the newspaper’s pages.

Thursday’s paper included an item on the tweeting exploits of Brown press secretary Gil Duran, including his sending a picture of a crying baby to the author of a critical tweet and a personal tete-a-tete with Bee columnist Dan Walters.

Walters started by riffing on a Brown remark that California was “not some tired country of Europe,” tweeting to his 1,540 followers that “California may be a tired American state.”

That earned a sharp response from Duran: “No, it’s just you that’s tired, Dan. Just you.”

This dust-up followed a back-and-forth between the columnist and the Brown press shop earlier in the week that covered topics ranging from hairstyles to Winston Churchill.

Duran has since dismissed the exchange as “a little joshing” between reporter and flack, but has maintained his fast tweeting pace.

“If you can’t stand the tweet,” he wrote, “stay out of the kitchen.”


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Photo: A screenshot showing an exchange of tweets between the accounts for Gil Duran and Dan Walters. Credit: Twitter.com