With the season 2 premiere of @HouseofCards on February 14, the Netflix political drama has been the talk of Twitter the past few weeks — especially with politicians themselves.
Members of Congress and senators are using Twitter to share their perspective on the popular show about their line of work. This is a great example of how effective it is for celebrities, leaders and other high-profile accounts to engage about popular topics outside their field.
New York Rep. Chris Collins (@RepChrisCollins), Texas Rep. Steve Stockman (@StockmanSenate) and Democratic House whip Steny Hoyer (@WhipHoyer) have all tweeted about the intrigue-laden drama.
In fact, series star @KevinSpacey questioned Rep. Hoyer:
Quite a few other legislators around the country have tweeted about House of Cards too. For instance, California Rep. Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) tweeted about an issue she’s passionate about referenced in the show.
New Jersey Senator @CoryBooker compared the accuracy of House of Cards to two other political dramas set in Washington, D.C.
And Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards (@repdonnaedwards) tweeted a video of featuring her and some other members of Congress acting out lines from the show.
This conversation was not one-sided, either. The @HouseofCards account took advantage of the high-profile activity on Twitter to engage with politicians (mostly teasing them, actually) to drive viral twitter conversation in the days leading up to the start of season 2.
For instance, @HouseofCards asked New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) how the ribs are at @DinosaurBBQ, following his Tweet about the opening of the restaurant’s new location.
And @DinosaurBBQ responded:
The @HouseofCards account even poked fun at politicians outside of the U.S., replying to a Tweet from Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband), the leader of the British Labour Party.
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