Rep. Joe Heck showed Monday he doesn’t much care to discuss his son’s social media rants, even when they include references to the congressman’s access to national security information.
Heck, R-Nev., a member of the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, endured a minor firestorm last month when the website Buzzfeed revealed several Joey Heck tweets that included racist and homophobic language in addition to a reference to his dad’s national security connections.
“Obama didn’t make the call to kill Osama. ... That was the intelligence committee #iwouldknow,” one of Joey Heck’s offending tweets read.
At the time Heck spokesman Greg Lemon was quick to emphasize the congressman “does not divulge deliberations of the intel committee outside of that committee.”
When asked directly about the subject during an interview about national security and the sanctity of classified information, Heck refused to answer and instead cut the interview short.
“Are you kidding me, are you kidding me,” Heck said. “Do you really think that my son is tweeting on national security issues? The conversation is over. You have really crossed the line.”