If Texas politics is the wild west, then the Wendy Davis campaign is currently on a slow jog through the desert at high noon.
Twitter exploded this evening when a member of the College Republicans in Virginia caught the “@WendyDavisTexas” Twitter account (Davis’s personal account) claiming that a picture of several College Republicans actually showed Davis supporters:
@WendyDavisTexas @Lisa_in_Austin This is a picture of me and I am a proud conservative. Idk how you got it. Please take down immediately
— Lauren McCue (@LMcCue26) October 22, 2014
— Gus Portela (@gusportela) October 22, 2014
To be fair, “@Lisa_In_Austin” no longer exists:
@gusportela In her defense, she didn't post the fake picture; she only RT'd it. Although, who knows. @lisa_in_austin is a fake acct.
— Ryan E Love (@MN_Love) October 22, 2014
What we have here is either the greatest troll on a political candidate ever to happen during an off-cycle, or the worst social media strategy by a political candidate doomed to lose a celebrity run for governor. As I mentioned above, account that posted the tweet Davis reposted has been deleted, which means that whoever ran the account got either very nervous or very embarrassed at all the attention their tweet received.
The Davis campaign is looking at a desperate situation. Are they in such dire straits that they’re having to astroturf their own Twitter account? Or are they such a joke on the national stage that people are making fake accounts to mock the campaign’s failure to gain ground against the Abbott steamroller?
I think what everyone really wants to know is, is it too early to declare this campaign DOA?
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