Rep. Mary Bono Mack was temporarily a member of a Facebook group that calls for the impeachment of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The “Impeach Nancy Pelosi” group had more than 4,000 “fans” as of Wednesday afternoon. An account used by Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, to discuss legislative and personal activities joined the group as a “fan” on Tuesday.
Bono Mack's name vanished from the list following a Desert Sun inquiry Wednesday afternoon.
Bono Mack spokeswoman Jennifer May said they are not sure how Bono Mack's account became a “fan” but said “the congresswoman didn't join such a group.”
They are looking into the situation, May noted.
“She's added additional security measures to her Facebook account and looks forward to continuing to interact with people on Facebook, Twitter and her Web site,” May said late Wednesday.
“The congresswoman has not called for the speaker of the House to be impeached.”
According to Bono Mack's Facebook page, her account also joined the groups AV Republican Women, the Wounded Warrior Project, the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and the California Republican Assembly in the same time period that she joined the Pelosi group.
Bono Mack also made four comments from the same account since the group was joined, discussing her involvement in marking up a climate change bill and linking to two news stories that mentioned her.
The “Impeach Nancy Pelosi” group was created in August 2008. Comments left by members of the group range from questioning Pelosi's leadership and truthfulness about her briefings on enhanced interrogation techniques, to member comments calling Pelosi expletives, a “witch” and “the anti-Christ.”
Some group member comments express a desire to waterboard Pelosi or burn her at the stake.
Bono Mack frequently uses social networking Web sites to discuss what she's doing in Washington and the district.
On Saturday, she posted on Facebook a link to New York Post columnist Peter Brookes, who called the “he-said, she-said” between Pelosi and CIA Director Leon Panetta on what Pelosi was informed about enhanced interrogation of terror suspects and when a “deadly distraction.”
Bono Mack also released a statement last week through her office saying she was “concerned” that Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, was accusing the CIA of misleading her on when the agency implemented waterboarding techniques.
“Politicizing national security issues and the confidential interaction between the CIA and Congress is a reckless move,” Bono Mack said in her statement.
Nadeam Elshami, a spokesman for Pelosi, declined to comment on the Facebook activity.
“This is a political firestorm created by the Republicans who have nothing to offer,” he said about the national debate over of Pelosi's CIA allegations.