Republican candidate for local office confuses followers with ‘barebacking’ tweet

Twitter can get you fired and it can get you hired. It can put old friends back in touch and provide fuel for raging ego wars. And it can also put less-than-savvy politicians in the position of having to explain why they are traveling from town to town engaging in unprotected sex.

At least, that’s the impression that followers of Jon Fussle, a Republican candidate for County Commissioner in Kosciusko County, Indiana got when the Fussle tweeted yesterday:

“Barebacking,” you see, has two meanings: Riding a horse without a saddle is probably more common among middle Americans. Riding–or being ridden by–another man, without a condom, is the alternative meaning.

Indiana resident Dan Turkette pointed out Fussle’s faux pas on twitter, asking, “Sure that’s what you want to post?” To which Fussle responded, “Why? Is there some sort of innuendo I’m not aware of? Have you ever ridden a HORSE bareback before? It’s awesome.”

After three minutes of radio silence, Fussle’s twitter feed published a shocked exclamation of ignorance, confusion, and general embarrassment.

As the more prurient definition of “barebacking” does not involve a horse at all, there is a good chance that Fussle still does not understand what happened. And this is why it is dangerous for politicians to use Twitter. Or the Internet.

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  • 1uncle

    What a waste…

  • pchrun

    Republican Candidate Did Not Have Unprotected Gay Sex; Now a Role Model within Gay Community.

    Read the FUNNY take on the Fussle story here:


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  • unmutual

    tsk tsk tsk…As long as he wasn’t snoodling, bug chasing or handballing, we’ll let that one pass.

  • gatortarian

    Everyone always said to me that politics is a dirty business. I just never thought I’d see gay sex terms becoming standard fare. Teabagging and now barebacking, as someone who went to collage and partied a lot I never heard either term until it was brought up in the “news”. Nice.

  • cabal

    We are outraged that a right wing rag also spends their time focusing on gay sex. Leave that for us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Davidson/1579728276 Aaron Davidson

    Oh my God. That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. I think it’s actually a good sign that the man doesn’t know what that term means, but for those of us who do, it’s hilarious. It’s even funnier how somebody told him and he posted the followup clarification.

    Hahahahahaha. “I’m gonna be sore tomorrow.” OMG too freaking funny.

    • scorpioman

      Aaron, next time you’re invited to a teaparty, remember to check your gag reflex at the door. Good baggers never gag.

  • rainmaker1145

    Nobody but someone with a dirty mind and too much time on their hands would notice or care. I have a gay kid and gay friends and knew he was referring to a doggone horse. Get a life and stop stirring the pot. The brew is slopping on to your shoes and it looks pretty bad.