Yesterday, Newt Gingrich went on a tirade about how he should be the GOP's presidential candidate because of his prodigious Twitter following, but a former staffer has revealed that his campaign hired a firm to boost the Newt's follower count primarily by creating fake accounts.

Gingrich has about 1,325,842 followers, which is around twice as many as Sarah Palin. Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney, by way of a for instance, haven't yet broken 100,000.

This is apparently because many of Gingrich's followers are fake. Spurious. Mickey Mouse, if you will.

A former staffer elaborates:

"Newt employs a variety of agencies whose sole purpose is to procure Twitter followers for people who are shallow/insecure/unpopular enough to pay for them... about 80 percent of those accounts [Gingrich's followers] are inactive or are dummy accounts created by various "follow agencies," another 10 percent are real people who are part of a network of folks who follow others back and are paying for followers themselves..."

Randomly clicking on different followers of Gingrich's feed reveals a lack of profile pictures, personal info, tweets of their own, or really anything to suggest they aren't in fact fake profiles set up by a corporation.

Look, it's one thing to pay a company to set up a ton of fake followers for your Twitter account, but it's another to brag about why that somehow qualifies you for the presidency. Tacky, Newt. Very tacky.

Commentarium (9 Comments)

Aug 01 11 - 5:03pm
anon

I guess you could say his claims have been (wait for it) Newt-ered.

Aug 01 11 - 5:31pm
completely

AWWW SHIT!

Aug 01 11 - 11:14pm
Fan Klub

I'm informed that politicians have been known to hire people to make approving noises at rallies, to help drum up enthusiasm that might not otherwise manifest itself. I suppose these fake Twitter readers are the next logical step.

Aug 02 11 - 12:05am
Haboob

Of the 20% of authentic followers, 55% are leathery racists. Strange but true.

Aug 02 11 - 10:22am
Jeffrey

I see what you did there. Thanks for the traffic!

Aug 02 11 - 8:31am
CdeLeo

When considering candidates for office, I used to be a Twitter Follower counter, but now I want to know how good they are at Farmville .

Aug 02 11 - 12:23pm
ZekFoo

lol, Gingrich is clearly dumb as the day is long, corrupt as well.
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Aug 02 11 - 3:44pm
julian.

Oh, that Newt.

Aug 03 11 - 12:35am
Mr. Man

The math is logical. Newt is himself 80% fake.