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Angus King is going to find that the political world has become more chaotic, with more possibilities for mischief since the costs of causing it have dropped considerably, said Darrell West, director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation.
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Klotz said the best way for King to counter any attacks is to make clear what his official Twitter account is.
"It's not King_Angus. That's the one indication that they give that it's probably not the real thing – in addition to all the messages," he said.
When asked on Tuesday, a few people who seemed like possible King_Angus suspects denied any involvement.
Tom Connolly, a Portland-based defense lawyer who was the Democratic candidate for governor in 1998, has shown a penchant for political mischief, from his leak about George W. Bush's 1976 drunken-driving arrest to his Osama bin Laden impersonation to protest a proposed government spending cap.
On Tuesday, Connolly recalled how he brought a mannequin to stand in for King at a debate. But he said he isn't behind the Twitter account.
"I would sign my name," he said. "If I were going to hit him, I would hit him straight ahead."
Crash Barry, a writer who covered King for eight years as a journalist, has publicized the fact that he has purchased the domain names AngusforSenate.com and AngusKingforSenate.com.
Barry said he plans to use the sites to "shed a little sunshine" on the candidate. He said he would not hide behind an alias on the Internet and didn't start the Twitter account.
"I'm not funny at all like that. I'm not a comedian," he said.
Dan Demeritt, a former spokesman for Gov. Paul LePage who follows King_Angus, said he doesn't have the right temperament.
"I don't have the guts to do it. I'd get caught," he said. "I'm a very passive-aggressive tweeter. I write tweets sometimes I don't end up ever sending."
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