Lots of political figures are the subject of mock Twitter profiles.
For those who lack a Twitter presence of their own (or who have one but prove easy satirical targets), fake Twitter accounts are pretty much the Internet equivalent of Saturday Night Live: it’s usually all in good fun.
Locally, you can find Republican Philadelphia mayoral candidate Karen Brown’s mock profile at @Karen4Mayer. At the state level, there’s @SenSweeney and @BossNorcross (which appears to have been taken down), the anonymously tweeted mock profiles of the New Jersey Senate President and South Jersey Democratic Party “boss.”
And just like with Saturday Night Live and the celebrities they take jabs at, politicians have some varied thoughts on their Twitter posers, too.
The Courier Post’s Jane Roh took a good look at this yesterday when she talked to staffers of the real Sweeney and Norcross. Long story short: while they Sweeney staff isn’t thrilled with tweets like: “Bandages all over my belly. Dr says no suspenders for a couple days.” But they tend to have a better sense of humor than those who work for Norcross.
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