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Newt Gingrich Has To Buy His Followers

August 2, 2011

What a weinie.

Yesterday Newt Gingrich laid out a new argument for why he should be the GOP presidential nominee: He’s got the most Twitter followers. But according to a former Gingrich staffer, he bought them.

Gingrich complained yesterday that the press is ignoring his prodigious Twitter audience: “I have six times as many Twitter followers as all the other candidates combined, but it didn’t count because if it counted I’d still be a candidate; since I can’t be a candidate that can’t count.” Which is true! Gingrich currently boasts 1,325,842 followers, whereas competitors Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann have yet to crack 100,000.

But if Newt is winning the Twitter primary, it’s because of voter fraud. A former staffer tells us that his campaign hired a firm to boost his follower count, in part by creating fake accounts en masse:

Newt employs a variety of agencies whose sole purpose is to procure Twitter followers for people who are shallow/insecure/unpopular enough to pay for them. As you might guess, Newt is most decidedly one of the people to which these agencies cater.

About 80 percent of those accounts are inactive or are dummy accounts created by various “follow agencies,” another 10 percent are real people who are part of a network of folks who follow others back and are paying for followers themselves (Newt’s profile just happens to be a part of these networks because he uses them, although he doesn’t follow back), and the remaining 10 percent may, in fact, be real, sentient people who happen to like Newt Gingrich. If you simply scroll through his list of followers you’ll see that most of them have odd usernames and no profile photos, which has to do with the fact that they were mass generated. Pathetic, isn’t it?

  1. Ron Groskreutz permalink
    August 3, 2011 8:20 AM

    I have a friend that tells me Newt is one of the smartest politicians we have in Washington. I do not know his I.Q. or his level of intelligence, but he sure sucks at campaigning.

  2. August 3, 2011 12:45 AM

    Newt: Please give it up, just give it up. Stop being so damned pathetic. Twitter followers? Come on? Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s stool worms have more followers on Twitter then you…

    Better yet, take Bill Maher’s suggestion and make him your campaign manager. I can guarantee you will be done by a week from Saturday.


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