Friday, October 23, 2009

Deception to Win, GOP Pose as Democrats on Twitter.

I've already written about the attempts in Wisconsin by the Republican Party to run conservatives as Democrats, which didn't work out too well, but that deception has moved on to Twitter. Do ya think people would get mad when they find out they've been duped? The NY Times:

BlogTalk: Twitter and the G.O.P. ...apparently some Republicans in Connecticut have gotten their hands slapped by Twitter for creating fake “handles” to send out messages that portend to be written by Democrats. The company shut down 33 such sites with names like “MeetRepDonovan” and “MeetRepUrban,” which appear to belong to Democrats running for the state Legislature, and told state Republicans to cease and desist on the fakery.

When you try to click on those links, you get this message, Sorry, the account you were headed to has been suspended due to strange activity.

With no affiliation to Twitter, the Web sites say at the bottom that they are “Paid for and Authorized by the Connecticut Republican Party, Jerry Labriola Jr. Treasurer,” but you have to get past a lot of negative information about Mr. Donovan before you get to that.

Chris Healy, the Connecticut Republican chairman, told ... the Advocate that the party has no intention of taking down the fake Web sites, in spite of complaints from Democrats: “They didn’t think of it first, so that’s why they’re whining,” Mr. Healy told him.

Jay Stevens on Left in the West calls Mr. Healy’s response “classy.”

“Just as sleezy and lowdown as you’d expect,” writes Paddy at Political Carnival.

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