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Over the last 24 hours, Sen. Chuck Schumer has tweeted about Post-Star reporter Maury Thompson, not once, but twice.

Thompson, who has spent the last 18 years walking his beat in Glens Falls, was working his last day on Friday.

On Thursday evening, Schumer tweeted, “Who doesn’t love Maury? EVERYONE loves Maury. Have a great retirement, you’ve definitely earned it.”

The tweet was in response to Thompson’s farewell column.

Forty-five people retweeted the message and 202 liked it by Friday morning. Another 103 had commented on Schumer’s tweet with messages that had nothing to do with Thompson or his retirement.

Several people who follow Schumer assumed he was talking about Maury Povich, never bothering to read Thompson’s farewell messages.

Others ignored the message entirely and went back to criticizing Senate minority leader’s politics.

On Friday morning, in response to my column on Thompson retiring, Schumer tweeted again, “Hear, hear! Congrats again Maury on your retirement. You are one of a kind.”

It was nice thing for someone who is one of the most powerful people in Washington.

Unfortunately, more of the negativity followed with Twitter followers asking when Schumer was retiring and saying that Maury Thompson must be fake news.

They all owe Maury Thompson and apology.

It shows the depths that the political discourse has sunk.



Ken Tingley is Editor of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y. and writes a regular blog called "The Front Page."

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