Fake congressman fools people on Twitter

Rep. Steven Smith (R-Ga.) is getting quite a lot of attention on Twitter.

The self-described “Tea Party Patriot” (@RepStevenSmith) has nearly 5,000 followers, and like other lawmakers, he likes to engage with the public.

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But there’s one catch: He’s not in Congress.

Smith’s Twitter profile says he’s a Republican representative of Georgia’s 15th district. However, there is no such district in the Peach State. His listed congressional website, smith.house.gov, isn’t real.

It’s safe to say Smith isn’t a fan of gay rights, immigration reform or term limits.

“There are no term limits for a reason. It’s a good one. Experience counts,” Smith said in a tweet.

He has fooled the media and others. This week, Smith engaged in a spirited debate with a couple of people on Twitter. One of them called for the faux lawmaker to be voted out of office (IN ALL CAPS)!

Smith is fond of reminding his followers that the devious main characters in “House of Cards” are Democrats, and he denies accusations that he is a troll.

“If you don’t vote Republican, you’re the troll, ma’am, with all due respect,” Smith tweeted.

On unemployment benefits, Smith recently tweeted, “It’s not easy to find work when you’re laying on the couch watching Maury.”

Smith told us, in an exclusive interview via Twitter, that his character is based on J.D. “Boss” Hogg from the classic TV show, “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.).

Of course, all lawmakers need good aides, and Smith is no exception. Smith’s fictional chief of staff, T.J. Mitch Johnson (@TJMitch_Johnson), has more than 2,800 followers.

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