Ron Paul Supporters = Poll Spammers ?by Doug Mataconis
Back in March, I noted the controversy that had erupted over the fact that Pajamas Media had removed Ron Paul’s name from their online poll. As it turned out, several weeks later they put Paul back in the poll and he’s been consistently coming in first or second almost every week. Now, it’s becoming clear why they took him out in the first place:
In the last several days, in fact since the beginning of the Pajamas Media Straw Poll, PJM has received vastly more messages and phone calls from supporters of Ron Paul than from any other candidate, indeed from supporters of all the other candidates put together.
In recent days â€“ after votes were deducted from Mr. Paulâ€™s total because, among other things, someone voted for Mr. Paul over 229 times from one IP within 72 minutes â€“ these messages and calls have become increasingly rude and abusive, even threatening.
The post goes on to quote from an email claiming to be fromÂ Ron Paul’s campaign threatening more action if PJM continues to deduct obviously fraudulent “votes” from the poll. PJM responds:
We regret that Congressman Paul, a good and decent American with loyal motives and deeply held convictions, seems to have garnered among his supporters a small group for whom unethical conduct appears to be permissible if it gets him elected. We are certain he would disapprove of it.
Still, this behavior must stop immediately, as well as the rude and abusive messages we are receiving from these supporters. If they do not, Pajamas Media will have no choice but to remove Mr. Paul permanently from our poll. The choice is now in the hands of Mr. Paulâ€™s supporters.
Quite honestly, whoever is doing this is acting in an incredibly juvenile manner. Spamming an online poll isn’t going to help Ron Paul get elected President one bit. If anything, it only tends to discredit those of us who support him because of his ideas, even if we recognize he has little chance of winning.