It is not the first time the Romney campaign has used the fake tweet tactic. Earlier this week, the campaign sent a press release that imagined what the current chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee would have been tweeting in 2008, when Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) supported Hillary Clinton over Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump blames Obama for vetting of Flynn Microsoft hires former FTC commissioner Let’s never talk about a government shutdown — ever again MORE to be the Democratic nominee. The campaign set up a clearly marked "parody account" for their vision of her anti-Obama tweets @DWStweets08.
And last August, Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior campaign adviser to both Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, admitted to being behind fake Twitter account @CrazyKhazei, which mocked Democratic Senate candidate Alan Khazei. He called it an attempt at "lightening things up" in politics.
Brad Woodhouse, the communications director for the Democratic National Committee, asked Fehrnstrom in a tweet if he didn't get in "enough trouble ... creating [a] fake Twitter account" in the past.
Wasserman Schultz responded to the press release using her Twitter account on Monday, tweeting she's "flattered at the attention" from the Romney campaign, "but a parody account from a pol who’s taken both sides of every issue seems ripe for ridicule."