Thursday, August 23, 2012

District 9 Congressional Candidate Gets Into TwitterFight With Satirical Blog

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Martin Sepulveda, currently running for U.S. Congress in Arizona's District 9, was a bit overeager yesterday when defending our troops against some harsh language.

According to The Duffel Blog, State Senator Linda Lopez of Tucson's LD29, isn't a big fan of the troops. In an article posted Aug. 21, Lopez is quoted as saying, in an interview supposedly with Arizona Foothills Magazine, that "the troops should just go fuck themselves.”

Harsh words, particularly from someone who sits on the state's Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, and something that she should be raked over the coals for. If, you know, they were actually true. Which they were not, considering that everything posted on The Duffel Blog is satire — think of The Onion, with a completely military bent.

A few conservative blogs picked up the story and ran with it only to learn a bit later that that the story was bunk. As did Sepulveda and his Twitter account:


Screencap courtesy of Rum, Romanism & Rebellion.

Sepulveda, to his credit, eventually realized the truth behind the story and pulled the tweet (though not before the above screencapture) — then got into a bit of a TwitterScuffle with The Duffel Blog:

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Things appear to have cooled down now. Sepulveda, a combat veteran in his own right, is fully justified in vehement defense of our military, and gains points from me for doubling back and admitting his error. All told, it appears that this is a lesson for Sepulveda and his campaign in the dangers of snap-responses at the internet.

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