Why would several members of Congress line up behind what looks to be a porn-intensive Twitter feed? It might have something to do with a concerned Scotsman, a former Cabinet secretary and a sick little girl from Pennsylvania.
To be fair, those of you not presently tuned into the world of @jukeboxradio2 aren’t missing much.
Sure, there’s the incredibly lewd backsplash (a couple is depicted in full flagrante delicto). A Web link points all visitors directly to YouPorn. And the summary section appears to have been cribbed from the skeeviest SEO coding handbook ever. (“We give you the best orgasm, porn and sex sounds ever!” the obvious click bait pledges.)
In actuality, the long-dormant feed — the last update was in August 2013 — seems to have focused more intently on flogging digital radio than championing smut.
All of which should come as a relief to the stupefied reader who begged HOH for clarification (“Why Tim Scott? Why?” the baffled fan wrote in an email.) about the seemingly incongruous relationship between the conservative South Carolina senator and the eyebrow-raising social media account.
More importantly, HOH discovered Scott isn’t the only politico who tuned into the erratic, often one-way conversation.
Included among the 176 followers who followed FBR on its winding four-month ride are:
Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I.
Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. (He got a shout-out for following back on June 4, 2013.)
@DarrellIssa thanks for the follow
— Fuck Box radio (@jukeboxradio2) June 4, 2013
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. (She was thanked for coming aboard on June 5, 2013)
@amyklobuchar thank you for the follow :D — Fuck Box radio (@jukeboxradio2) June 5, 2013
Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif.
Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo.
One-time House hopeful Troy Jackson.
Confidence is high the strange bedfellows became entwined because of a sick girl.
Based on self-promotional plugs seeded into the FBR stream during its earliest days, the complementary account appears to have been controlled by now-21-year-old Scottish native George Sinclair.
Sinclair did not respond to email requests seeking insight into the short-lived online soapbox.
At the outset, the FBR feed was chock full of redirects to now-defunct Internet radio projects. But after a few weeks of beating the drum about popular music, the feed suddenly became clogged with rants against bureaucratic regulations that threatened to keep then-10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan from a much-needed lung transplant.
Sebelius, It takes a court 2 do her job 4 her, time she went home, time she resigned!!!! Americans loudly call her out #SebeliusResignNow
— Fuck Box radio (@jukeboxradio2) June 6, 2013
Murnaghan wound up receiving the life-saving operation after physicians made an exception and agreed to expedite her case.
Along the way, Team FBR attempted to rally leaders from across the ideological spectrum to the cause, Twitter-blasting the likes of Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio; Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas; Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., and former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
Not everyone took notice.
But FBR must have resonated with some folks, because the octet mentioned above remains squarely planted in the follower column. And this is no auto-follow snafu; your dedicated HOH reporter keeps tabs on all the aforementioned pols (and not all have responded in kind).
Then again, why would they?
Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs.
— Fuck Box radio (@jukeboxradio2) June 19, 2013
“Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs,” Team FBR mused before abruptly fading out of existence.
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