Rio's combative mayor slams critics of his Olympics role on Twitter

Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:14pm EDT
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By Brad Brooks

(Reuters) - Just days before Rio de Janeiro hosts the Olympics, the city's Mayor Eduardo Paes has taken to Twitter to slam critics of his role in preparing for the Games.

Paes tends not to pull punches with critics, sometimes literally. In 2013, he hit a constituent in the face after the man lambasted the mayor as he dined with his wife.

This week, Paes took to social media to engage opponents in digital fisticuffs, responding to profanity-laced Tweets that were sent his way.

On Sunday, Paes responded to one Tweet, saying the sender should "Stop being so grumpy. Go drink a beer, play some soccer, go to bed early, go to church, hang out with your girlfriend."

It was retweeted 191 times and ignited a running conversation.

"You drank a lot today, didn't you, mayor?" responded one woman, whose profile photo depicts her guzzling a mug of beer.

The mayor's press team did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Paes has grown increasingly irritated with the criticism of Rio's preparations for the Olympics.   Continued...

Rio's mayor Eduardo Paes runs after a news conference at the Olympic City museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly