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Attorney claims to be Georgia's favorite fake congressman

For the uninitiated, Steven Smith claims to be a Republican, a Tea Party Patriot and a member of Congress from Georgia’s non-existent 15th District. And he’s duped more people than we can count with his Twitter account.

Doug Richards of WXIA has a piece on some of his latest doings:

The fake congressman claimed to be the first congressional endorsement Donald Trump – and has been on an anti-Hillary Clinton tear during this week’s Democratic convention, clobbering her on Benghazi and NAFTA in a storm of relentless tweets.

Last week, a writer claiming to be Florida attorney Jeffrey Marty wrote a piece on the Daily Caller saying he is behind the bogus congressman’s Twitter presence – and indicated he’s a true believer in its conservative content – which he says has snared celebrities from Anne Coulter to Rosie O’Donnell who took the site seriously.

The not-really-a congressman Smith has more followers than ten of Georgia’s real congressman – and 40 percent more than the real congressman representing Valdosta, Rep. Austin Scott.  A spokeswoman for Scott said his constituents are having no trouble discerning their real congressman from the fake. 

Here’s more from The Daily Caller piece from attorney Jeffrey Marty claiming to be the author of the parody account:

“Valdosta is filled with great people who wish I could represent them. Unfortunately, that requires lots of votes, sucking-up and telemarketing for donations, none of which I would ever want to do. I find it a lot easier and more fun to represent folks on Twitter, which costs nothing more than time and a smartphone.”


Note: This piece was ripped from today's daily jolt. Read it here.

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Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia.