The Fix: Senate, Campaign 2012

Harry Reid doubles down on Romney taxes; Romney campaign responds

Harry Reid doubles down on Romney taxes; Romney campaign responds

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has doubled (actually tripled) down on his claim that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years.

In both a Senate floor speech and in conversation with Nevada reporters, Reid said he had it on good authority that the former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate had paid no taxes, a claim he attributed in a Huffington Post interview to a Bain investor.

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Lugar ruled ineligible to vote in Indiana

Lugar can’t vote in his own state; three statewide Republicans file for Maine Senate seat; the bungled case against Ted Stevens; and a budding sex scandal in Minnesota.

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Marco Rubio hits the campaign trail

The Justice Department blocks Texas’s Voter ID law; Rubio hits the campaign trail; Santorum urges an apology for Afghan massacre; and Mikulski prepares to set a record.

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Romney aide accused of assuming fake Twitter handle @CrazyKhazei


(Blue Mass Group)

Updated at 7:30 p.m.

A strategist for 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Republican Sen. Scott Brown (Mass.) has admitted to authoring a fake Twitter account that makes light of the “It Gets Better Project” for gay youth and pokes fun at reporters covering Massachusetts politics.

Romney strategist Eric Fehrnstrom admitted on Wednesday evening to authoring the fake Twitter account @CrazyKhazei.

“It was my Twitter acccount,” the aide said in an email to the Boston Globe. “Sometimes we take our politics too seriously and this was my way of lightening things up. As they say in politics, if you can’t stand the tweet, get out of the kitchen.”

The liberal blog Blue Mass Group early Wednesday morning posted a screenshot of a tweet from Romney and Brown strategist Fehrnstrom’s Twitter account that appeared to promote an endorsement for 2012 Brown opponent Alan Khazei’s (D) campaign as if speaking for Khazei’s campaign.

The blog pointed out that the tweet appeared similar to tweets from a fake Khazei Twitter account called @CrazyKhazei, which lampoons the Democratic Senate candidate. The tweet appears to have been deleted from Fehrnstrom’s account, as it no longer appears in his feed.

Social media experts have pointed out that it’s relatively easy for authors of multiple Twitter accounts to accidentally post something meant for one account on another account’s feed.

Fehrnstrom did not respond to several efforts to reach him, and Romney’s campaign declined to say earlier in the day whether it had any knowledge of the aide’s involvement in the fake Twitter feed.

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