Buncombe County GOP chairman Chad Nesbitt was reportedly interviewed by the U.S. Secret Service last night ahead of today’s Oct. 21 visit by President Bill Clinton.
According to a press release sent out by the local party, the interview was prompted by concerns over statements made via a satirical Twitter handle bearing his name. Messages sent out in the days leading up to the rally included:
Brainstorming ways 2 disrupt #Shuler event on Saturday. Doing so will make crowd vote #Republican & get me a lot of attention.
Oops – my informant tells me the #Clinton visit to #Asheville is on Thursday! :-O My bad! I’m going to have to think fast! :-O
What are good ways for #Avl #Republicans to make themselves known during Thursday’s #Clinton visit? #avlteaparty #bcgop
It appears that an unknown person has been using the social networking site to parody Nesbitt for several weeks. In a statement, Nesbitt denied any involvement with the Twitter account and said he’s reported it to local authorities.
“I do not have and have never had a Twitter account,” he asserts. “I reported this false account several weeks ago to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department. They consulted with Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore, who I understand refused to take action. Per that lack of accountability, this situation reached a point of seriousness requiring Secret Service action. I hope the Buncombe County Sheriff Department and Mr. Moore will now realize the seriousness of this matter and act on my complaint. I will, again, make a formal request for action.”
Nesbitt also explained that although he considers Clinton a “scoundrel,” he wished him no physical harm.
“I think he’s a scoundrel, but I am delighted that the Democratic power structure thinks he’s the proper voice to represent their Party’s understanding of our mountain values,” he said. “I certainly wish him no physical harm, in fact I am delighted he is coming – it could only be better if Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid were coming to prop up Shuler.”
In response to the GOP press release and a WLOS story on the issue, the satirical Chad Nesbitt tweeted:
Note to media: 1) This account didn’t trigger anything. The Secret Service interviewed Chad as part of it’s normal routine.@WLOS_ABC13
Note to medi: 2) II you’re going to claim this account threatened anyone, you should at least link to the tweet. @WLOS_ABC13
Note to media: 3) Feel free to DM me directly. You should have done that first, frankly. @WLOS_ABC13
Note to media: 4) If the authorities are concerned, they are also free to DM me. @WLOS_ABC13 #avlpolice
Note to media: 5) If SS really thought I was a threat, I would have gotten a visit by now. (I didn’t.) @WLOS_ABC13
Note to media: 6) I’ve been very careful to make clear this is a satire account. Even added a few more hints recently. @WLOS_ABC13
Note to media: 7) You believed a press release from the real Chad? Seriously? Have you learned nothing about him lately? @WLOS_ABC13
Note to media: 8) Considering Chad’s tough-guy persona, I’m genuinely surprised at his sensitivity. @WLOS_ABC13
Note to real Chad: 1) Do you not like being mocked? How is this making you feel? Ponder that, and reflect on your own shenanigans.
Note to real Chad: 2) If I’m hurting your feelings – just say so. Perhaps we can work something out.