I’m enough of a nerd that I have a #gapol column on my Twitter client so I can keep up with what people are saying about Georgia politics. It’s especially interesting now that early voting is underway and we’re less than a week away from Election Day. One thing I’ve noticed is that there’s a lot of what I will call misdirection going on, especially now. In some cases, that might mean taking a statement by a candidate out of context, while in others the poster may be engaging in the art of the subtweet. (And yes, I have been guilty of this practice myself.)
Last night, I saw this tweet from Bob Barr, and thought there might be more to his message than sweetness and light:
— Bob Barr (@bobbarrcongress) May 15, 2014
The subtweet here was likely a complaint about one Jacob Hawkins, who uses the Twitter handle @SouthernPol. Hawkins has been persistent in asking Barr for answers to questions about his candidacy, and some of his past activities. Last night, he took to RedState to make his concerns public.
Nothing too radical, or gotcha. Just questions like these:
- Who did Bob Barr lobby for?
- Why did Bob Barr represent a former dictator from Haiti? Why did he travel to Haiti to meet with him?
- Did Barr represent controversial Dr. Salomon Melgen? If so, how?
- Why did Barr endorse Eric Holder? How close are they? Why did he not denounce him until he was running for Congress again?
- Why is a 501(c)(4) organization paying off Barr’s Presidential committee debt?
- Why did Barr’s Leadership PAC give less than 5% of the money it raised to candidates?
None of these seem too outrageous to me.
Or, as Hawkins tweeted back to me,
— Jacob Hawkins (@SouthernPol) May 15, 2014