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Romney aide's fake Twitter account is real problem

Posted by Rob Anderson  August 24, 2011 02:30 PM

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ef.JPGEric Fehrnstrom is a very busy man. He's one of the chief advisers to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and also works behind the scenes as Senator Scott Brown’s top strategist. However, despite doing both of these jobs, as well as running a successful public affairs consulting firm on the side, Fehrnstrom finds the time to moonlight on Twitter as the alter-ego of Democratic Senate candidate Alan Khazei.

Fehrnstrom accidentally revealed himself to be the man behind the “CrazyKhazei” Twitter account yesterday when he confused his own Twitter account with that of “CrazyKhazei.” The result was to reveal that Fehrnstrom had been responsible for a month of juvenile jokes directed at prospective Democratic opponents of Brown in his re-election bid.

If Mitt Romney is elected President, Eric Fehrnstrom will likely continue his role as one of Romney’s closest aides. He would be the successor to Karl Rove and David Axelrod in the West Wing of the White House. It would be quite disconcerting if the President was relying on the advice of someone dumb enough to do something like setting up a fake Twitter account.

Fehrnstrom needs to grow up, not just for his own sake but his boss’s as well. Romney prides himself on being a thoughtful and detail-oriented candidate. But it’s hard to come across as the candidate of managerial competence when your closest adviser is on the Internet with a disguised identity and calling political opponents names. In the current Republican field, Romney has distinguished himself as being one of the more adult and thoughtful candidates in the running. He should have a campaign staff worthy of him and be able to tell voters that his administration would be as well.

Globe file photo: Eric Fehrnstrom walks the halls of Capitol Hill behind Senator Scott Brown.

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