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Developing news: Twit-equitte among politicians

Posted by Robin Abrahams  August 25, 2011 05:57 PM

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Apparently an aide of Scott Brown's admitted he's been Tweeting under the name "CrazyKhazei":

For nearly a month, Democratic Senate candidate Alan Khazei has been mocked by a "CrazyKhazei" Twitter account that pretends to represent his voice and offers sometimes-nasty statements about the news of the day ... 

[A] third tweet said: "I promise to devote all my time in office to making gay videos. Shame on Scott Brown for focusing on jobs!" 

Now the author has been unmasked. Eric Fehrnstrom - a senior campaign adviser to US Senator Scott Brown, the Republican whom Khazei hopes to challenge in next year's election - sent out a "CrazyKhazei"-type tweet Tuesday from his Twitter account. That kind of mistake can happen when a person with multiple accounts chooses the wrong distribution channel on social media aggregation software such as HootSuite or TweetDeck. 

Senator Brown claimed not to know about the Tweets. 

What do you think, readers? Fair play and allowable verbal roughhousing? "If you can't stand the tweet, get out of the kitchen," in Mr. Fehrnstrom's words? Or unprofessional and mean-spirited?  
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