Mike McFadden scrubs negative Facebook comments, fills void with positivity from intern
MNGOP-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's first major TV ad elicited criticism, and considering "groin gate," how could he possibly have expected otherwise? But instead of taking it on the chin or defending the head-scratching spot, his campaign decided to purge his Facebook page of negative comments about it.
McFadden's "Coach" ad has proven to be a real punch in the nuts to his campaign.
Or at least so BuzzFeed reports, citing screengrabs provided to them by a "Minnesota Democrat." (C'mon, hook us up!)
Here's what the comments looked like, before:
Screencaps via BuzzFeed
And here's what they looked like after the purge (notice how certain comments disappeared while the number of likes and shares went up):
If that's not bad enough, a Democratic source pointed out to us that one of the "positive" commenters on McFadden's post, Meaghan Haley, is actually a McFadden intern. (See McFadden's "Meet the Interns" photo here -- now cross-reference "Meaghan" from that pic with Haley's personal profile here.)
We're also told that a second intern posted a positive comment on McFadden's video after the negative ones were scrubbed, but we weren't able to definitively confirm that. McFadden spokesman Tom Erickson didn't comment when we asked him about the intern posts.
Erickson did comment, however, when we queried him about BuzzFeed's allegations regarding the deletion of negative comments. To read what he said, click to page two.