◼ Because we ALL know that what' really important is what the candidate does on Facebook, right?
And it's not like Élan Firpo isn't involved in two - TWO - murder trials right now. In an office that is running at half staff - how did it get that way, Ryan? Where are the seasoned prosecutors, Ryan?
◼ Firpo facebook likes brouhaha much ado about nothing - John Chiv/Words Worth
And it continues:
◼ Who Flooded Firpo’s Facebook Page with Fake Friends? - Ryan Burns again/Lost Coast Outpost
It’s clear now that many of the 626 “Likes” registered to the “Elan Firpo for DA” Facebook page are stone cold fakes — bogus support from people based in such far flung locales as Bangladesh, Tanzania and Cuba.
The big mystery that remains is who’s responsible — a supporter looking to position Firpo as the early frontrunner? Or an opponent looking to paint her as a dirty campaigner?...
We’ve spoken with Firpo and campaign worker/personal friend Jaison Chiand a number of times since this came to our attention. Initially, they both expressed confusion about the Bangladesh connection and, after digging through several hundred supporters, said they couldn’t find any from outside the country.
This morning we walked them through a process to bring up the entire list of supporters, which turns up some truly suspicious accounts....
Asked if he had any idea who could be responsible he said, “I don’t even know how it happened, let alone who might have done it.” After a pause he admitted, “I have ideas but I’m certainly not going to make accusations.”
Firpo said that she doubted it was anyone involved in her campaign, including Richard Salzman. But neither could she definitively rule that out. Regardless, she said her intention is to get the Facebook page cleaned up and move forward with her campaign.
◼ Firpo's latest facebook post explains the facebook likes and what they are doing. - John Chiv/Words Worth
◼ Élan's campaign responds (h/t: John)
As for Facebook “Likes”, I don’t know who did what or why, but we have a bunch of people from foreign countries in there that appear to be fakes. We are working to remove them, but it is a tedious process.
As our real followers know, we would love to boost our “LIKES”. The purpose of which is to have as many people engaged and learning about Elan as possible. Hopefully as people learn more, they will like what they see, and that will turn into votes. There aren’t many votes for us in Bangledesh. Encourage people to get their information from Elan herself.
I’d encourage everyone to come out to one her events and meet her for yourself. Believe it or not, the other campaigns and anonymous bloggers who represent them don’t paint an accurate picture.
She is currently in Freshwater at PORAC and then on to Fortuna. Tomorrow, she will be in Hoopa.
- Jaison Chand