Second UT student leader sends out questionable Tweet

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News

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Posted on December 19, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 20 at 11:09 AM

AUSTIN -- For the second time in a month, another president of the campus group College Republicans at the University of Texas is raising eyebrows for a controversial tweet sent out on her account Sunday.

Cassandra Wright, who goes by Cassie, was just elected president of the College Republicans a few weeks ago after Lauren Pierce stepped down over her own controversial tweet.

Pierce’s Tweet in November said, “I know it may be tempting, but don’t shoot President Obama. We need him to go down as the worst president in history." It was a comment for which Pierce later apologized before stepping down.

Wright is causing controversy and concerns after sending out a Tweet Sunday night which reads, “My president is black, he snorts a lot of crack. Holla!”

“I was really surprised by her tweet last night. It was clearly offensive and it definitely had that strain of racism in it," said president-elect of the U.T. College Democrats Huey Fischer. "She seems like a really smart girl. She's a really upbeat person. Someone who seems politically correct most of the time.” 

A republican insider told KVUE that sources close to Cassie Wright believe that she may have gotten the idea for the tweet from a rap song by an artist called Young Jeezy. His song called “My President is Black” does not mention anything about crack cocaine nor does it say anything about President Obama doing drugs.

“I honestly don't know what she was thinking when she tweeted this. I don't know if it was just a simple mistake. I don't know if her account was hacked or not. It could definitely have been just a careless remark," said Fischer. "It was definitely insensitive. It was definitely inappropriate and not something someone in her position should have tweeted.” 

None of the officers nor representatives of the U.T. College Republicans, including Wright, returned our phone call or e-mail Monday.  

A woman in San Antonio identifying herself as Cassie Wright’s grandmother says the tweet does not sound like her granddaughter and she believes that Cassie’s Twitter account may have been hacked.

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