Former opponent: Perry campaign created a fake black person on Twitter

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The Atlantic has a must-read story about former Houston mayor Bill White (D), who ran against (and lost to) Rick Perry for governor of Texas last fall, telling Texas Monthly that consultants for Perry’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign created a fake black person on Twitter, hoping to conjure an impression that African Americans liked Perry and didn’t like White:

There were also some silly things that happened that are still hard to believe. One consulting firm of his created artificial people to tweet. [The campaign] wanted to question my support in the African American community, but they couldn’t recruit an African American person to do it, so on Twitter they used a stock photo of a black person. One of the people who supported my campaign clicked on the image and found out it was a singer from Atlanta. The Twitter address was registered at the same location as one of Mr. Perry’s political consultants.

Texas Monthly included no response from Perry’s current presidential campaign. We will update this post if the Perry campaign responds to The Atlantic‘s request for comment.

Read the full story in Texas Monthly.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.