We have a simple expection on The Batavian: Use your real name
What is it with Republicans and posting on The Batavian? It seems not many of them post, and when they do, too often we figure out later that they are not using their real names.
- MIchael Barney
- Michael Farnsworth
- Maddie LaNova
- Niel Hamburger
- Robert Drewinski
And now Frank Michaels: All apparently fake names espousing conservative, if not overtly, Republican views.
I'm not interested in making this a partisan issue, but geez ... the trend here is disturbing. Why can't local Republicans do, as many active local Democrats do, and comment freely under their real names?
Michael Barney, of course, turned out to be County Legislator Jay Grasso.
Farnsworth and LaNova left pro-Grasso comments on the post about Grasso, such as:
This is so not cool! Everybody goes on line with other names! I sat in a high school class that Legislator Grasso came to when I was a Senior. It is a local government seminar. He was pretty decent. He talked about how to access your local government and things like that. He also helped some kids with their exit projects. He did not come accross as political and I did not know his party from it. If he was posting s**t like "vote for grasso", then you should hammer him. He did not do this. Not cool at all.
Farnsworth, LaNova and Frank Michaels all have one thing in common: They're using the same Road Runner business account IP address.
Grasso, for his part, denies emphatically that he is Frank Michaels.
"I give you my word," Grasso said. "I don’t need the aggravation from the Dems. They would eat me alive."
So here's my plea to local Republicans: We want your comments as much as anybody's on The Batavian, we just ask that you use your real names. Is that too much to ask?
And apologies to the Republicans on the site who are posting under their real names, and there are a few, but I wish the attempts at fake names would stop. It would be good to have more conservative voices on the site (we often get accused of being a Democratic haven). We just expect both conservatives and progressives to use their real names. Why try to subvert that? We almost always figure it out.