Prospective Nora Campos challenger Anthony Macias, a 21-year-old student at Chico State, has written that he was impersonated by an individual who posted anti-Jewish comments online. He has not, however, substantiated the claim with specific information.
In a San Jose Inside post on Saturday, Jan. 28, a commenter who identified himself as Anthony Macias wrote “Regarding [Campos’] charges of antisemitism: Those are entirely false. I have never posted anything of the sort on any Yahoo! message board or forum. I think that someone was pretending to be me.”
“I suspect that someone took on my personality on a Yahoo! Board,” he added.
The anti-Semitic comment tied to Macias’ online identity was actually reported by San Jose Inside—not anyone associated with Assemblymember Campos’ office. Macias lashed out at San Jose Inside, alleging collusion with the Campos camp. Since the credibility of the reporting has been called into question by the subject, this post provides additional information not included in the original post.
The comments were posted to Yahoo! forums under the handle “NoHomo *RON PAUL 2012*” which was registered with Yahoo! on October 29, 2011. In one post, NoHomo asked: “Would you vote for me considering my beliefs and record? Senator Anthony Macias is the conservative AS Senator for the Gay-Straight Alliance club. Elected in Fall 2008, he is a member of the Republican Party. He considers himself a libertarian and a constitutional conservative.”
NoHomo posted for several months under the identity, which was associated with the same email account that Macias used to correspond with San Jose Inside’s ”Fly” columnist regarding Macias’ anti-Campos Craigslist post.
An associated identity was used to post photos to a personals service with photographs that appear to be Macias. After the article appeared on San Jose Inside, the photos and some explicit pornographic movie clips came down and were replaced by a single image of a posterized Ron Paul in the style of Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster of Barack Obama
Macias has not replied to an email requesting documentation of any interactions with Yahoo! regarding what he suggested was “identity theft.”