State auditor targeted by fake Twitter account

January 26, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico state auditor says someone has [auth] been posing as him on Twitter, posting offensive and racist tweets.

Democrat Hector Balderas tells KRQE-TV ( that other New Mexico politicians have been mistakenly following the fake Twitter account, believing it’s his.

The account’s profile shows a picture of Balderas and a link to his official state website. However, the account has his last name spelled with a second “s.”

The comments have included degrading and sexist remarks about New Mexicans. The account’s followers include Sen. Lisa Torraco and the state Democratic Party.

Balderas says Twitter informed him the account cannot be removed because it describes itself as a parody. He says he doesn’t know who’s behind it.

Balderas doesn’t think the account will affect his campaign for attorney general.

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