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State Senate Mudslinging Heads to Twitter

by ARLnow.com — August 3, 2011 at 10:03 am 1,237 31 Comments

Democratic state Senate opponents Barbara Favola and Jaime Areizaga-Soto both have dueling negative “truth” web sites — The Truth About Barbara Favola and The Truth About Jaime Areizaga-Soto — so it’s only natural that corresponding Twitter accounts would be launched for each.

Yesterday, within hours of one another, “ComeCleanJaime” and “Pay2PlayBabs” began Tweeting out dirt about the candidates.

“My vote is up for sale to the highest bidder,” proclaims the Pay2PlayBabs account. “Special deals for Republicans and Developers!”

“Jaime said he was ‘lead attorney’ on ‘oil and gas pipelines’ projects. Now he says he did ‘no pipeline work.’ REALLY?” asked the ComeCleanJaime account.

ComeCleanJaime says it’s paid for by the Favola campaign, although we’ve yet to confirm its authenticity. The Areizaga-Soto campaign, meanwhile, denied that it’s behind Pay2PlayBabs.

“Our campaign does not condone the account @Pay2PlayBabs,” the campaign said on its official Twitter account. “We’ve got 20 days, let’s keep it focused on the issues.”

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  • FrenchyB

    This mess is why I’m glad that I live in the 30th Senate District.

    • PikeResident

      Ditto. I grew up in the now 31st and boy am I glad I now live in the 31st, for this and several other reasons!

      • PikeResident

        correction, glad I now live in the 30th…despite the massive amounts of junk in the mail every day.

  • lentigogirl

    A plague on both their houses.

  • Pablo Escobar

    Flaming bags of poop for all.

  • CW

    How many times has that picture been used on an ARLnow article?

    • http://www.arlnow.com ARLnow.com

      Too many

      • John Fontain

        Maybe you should blur their faces like the Pine Sol Splasher.

    • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com/ TGEoA

      Its the only picture that doesnt show her cankles.

  • Lou

    Now come on. I doubt the Pay2PlayBabs account is sanctioned by the other campaign. Pay2PlayBabs is a pretty inflammatory handle, in several ways. And his campaign is on the official record as not being behind @Pay2PlayBabs. Unless you read all the way to the end of this article, you would have to assume @Pay2PlayBabs is his campaign’s corresponding official answer to her twitter account. There should probably be a mention earlier in the article that his campaign is saying they did not set up @Pay2PlayBabs, and does not condone @Pay2PlayBabs. Pay2PlayBabs

  • http://www.englin.net Shayna Englin

    My colleague and I are the lead consultants on Jaime’s race, and I can confirm categorically that the campaign is not behind @pa2oplaybabs.

    We stand behind our conviction that questions about Favola’s judgment while on the County Board and during this campaign are legitimate – she’s claiming her experience is her best case, so her experience is the most important thing to scrutinize – but base mudslinging and name-calling behind an anonymous social media account are beyond the pale.

    Jaime is an Eagle Scout and a military officer with an unshakable commitment to honor and ethics. He hasn’t and won’t say anything about his opponent he wouldn’t say to her face, in public, and with his name on it.

    • CW

      Of course you’re not behind “pa2oplaybabs”. The actual handle is “Pay2PlayBabs”. Sneaky.

      • http://www.englin.net Shayna Englin

        Ha – fair enough. We categorically condemn @pay2playbabs, too.

        • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com/ TGEoA

          Do you guys have video of Babs having a hissy fit and slapping at Jaimes hand from a few weeks ago?

          • WoW

            Ditto that question……

          • http://www.englin.net Shayna Englin

            Sadly, no video. The one time nobody brings their flipcam…

    • Lee-n-Glebe

      I assume that we are supposed to believe your assertions that the campaign is NOT behind Jaime’s twitter, but that the opposition campaign IS behind Favola’s? When their campaign comes out with a categorical denial of responsibility, I assume you will attribute to it the same credibility you expect us to attribute to yours, and publish a retraction of the accusation you make here?

      • Lou

        Don’t hold your breath waiting for that denial from Favola.

      • http://www.englin.net Shayna Englin

        If the Favola camp says they’re not behind it, I’d believe it. To my knowledge, they have neither claimed credit nor denied responsibility. This article says,
        “ComeCleanJaime says it’s paid for by the Favola campaign, although we’ve yet to confirm its authenticity.”

        And for the record, I have not made any accusations about that twitter account here or anywhere else. I merely confirmed the Jaime Areizaga-Sotos campaign’s disavowal of the anonymous @pay2playbabs feed.

        • Lee-n-Glebe

          “she’s claiming her experience is her best case, so her experience is the most important thing to scrutinize – but base mudslinging and name-calling behind an anonymous social media account are beyond the pale. ”

          Sounds like an accusation to me.

          • http://www.englin.net Shayna Englin

            Nope – I was referring to the @pay2playbabs account.

  • Ray

    I got a call from the Favola campaign conducting a “push poll” the other day. This is disgusting.

    • http://arlingtondirt.blogspot.com/ TGEoA

      So did I. I used up my yearly self imposed quota of usage of the C word on that call.

  • SaveDaveMcKenna

    Is John Thompson Jr. endorsing Mrs. Craig Esherick?

  • G Clifford Prout

    I’m one steet away from the district. Missing all the fun.

  • Bemused bystander

    The “Eagle Scout” credential is a nice touch. I’ll expect the next mailer to feature a photo of Jaime in Scout uniform bedecked with merit badges.

    • Cubmaster

      That would be against BSA policy — not that it’s ever stopped anyone.

  • Southeast Ben

    Am I still the only one without a Twitter account? Any takers on when it’s novelty will wear off?

    • soarlslacker

      I do use Twitter or Facebook. I get enough garbage via email and robo calls.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    I haven’t gotten any mailings from either one or phone polls. Looks like I live outside their particular part of Arlington. With all the crazy district changes in Northern Virginia, it’s hard to keep up. The only signs in my part of Arlington are the two Dems battling for Commonwealth Attorney – that one is apparently getting a bit nasty also.

  • (another) Greg

    Done. with. both.

    I’ll vote in the primary, but neither gets my vote in this race. On side hits sicken me. I know, and have heard, jack squat about what either would actually like to do in Richmond.

    I’m now accepting suggestions for write-ins.

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