Parody account launches for Georgia's '15th' Congressional Representative

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 19, 2013 

Steven Smith describes himself as a "Tea Party Patriot," an "American" and a "Constitutionalist." He also says that he is the "Republican Representative of Georgia's 15th Congressional District."

Steven Smith is fake. (Georgia only has 14 Congressional Districts, not 15.) Smith's website is fake. Smith's given hometown of Valdosta, Ga., is probably also fake — not Valdosta itself, but the fact that "he" lives there.

As far as I can tell, Smith's picture was actually lifted from one of several different Men's Big & Tall apparel sites.

But Steven Smith's Twitter account is very much real and very, very active. The account started tweeting on Oct. 30 and has averaged almost 50 tweets/day since. Some recent examples of Smith's social media "strategy":

Per The Washington Post's Ezra Klein, the account is semi-officially labeled a "parody," though that only begs more questions: Why? And also — why say he's from Georgia?

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