(On the left is the real Chad Nesbitt. On the right is an image from the fake @chadnesbitt’s Twitter account.)
Former Buncombe County Republican chair Chad Nesbitt says his attorneys may soon contact Paul Van Heden; Nesbitt claims the Asheville resident ran a Twitter account, @chadnesbitt, that resulted in the U.S. Secret Service investigating possible threats against Pres. Bill Clinton last year.
Nesbitt has threatened legal action against the @chadnesbitt, but he identified Van Heden for the first time at the recent March 26 Buncombe County GOP convention. Incorrectly calling Heden “the transportation director for the City of Asheville,” Nesbitt told convention participants, “So while this bus driver is out here cutting peoples’ legs off [and] running people over, this guy [Heden] is on a Twitter account faking my identity and getting me in trouble with the Secret Service. … Be sure to write this down: My attorneys will be getting in touch with him shortly.”
Heden, who serves as the chair of the Transit Commission — a volunteer advisory board to the city’s public transit office — offers the following response to the accusations: “I’m surprised by these allegations and that any public figure would call attorneys over an obvious work of satire.”
In any case, the @chadnesbitt Twitter account ceased tweeting on Oct. 27, the operator announcing, “I will no longer Tweet from @chadnesbitt. I’m a simple person who doesn’t enjoy this kind of drama. If I wanted attention, I’d run for Chair of a political party.”
Nesbitt recently stepped down from his position as chair of the Buncombe GOP and was succeeded by Henry Mitchell.