by Eric Lendrum
On Sunday night, Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) confirmed that he was the owner of an alternate Twitter account that had previously tweeted in his defense, according to The Hill.
Romney had first said that he owned an alternate account in an interview with The Atlantic; but refused to give the name, and only said that the account followed 668 people. After an investigation by Slate, the alternate was soon uncovered as “Pierre Delecto,” which followed many of Romney’s family members, former 2012 staffers, and colleagues.
When The Atlantic reached out to Romney for comment, he replied with “C’est moi,” which is French for “it’s me.” The account was then made by private so that only the account’s followers could see its content.
The “Pierre Delecto” account was used to post in support of Romney when he was the Republican nominee for president in 2012, responding to Romney’s critics in the press and elsewhere. Romney, who had previously been the runner-up for the 2008 nomination, lost the general election to incumbent Barack Obama, with 206 electoral votes to Obama’s 332.
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Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter.