‘Attack Of The Drones’: Chris Quinn Gains 20K Fake Twitter Followers

A spokesman for New York City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn cried foul after her official Twitter account gained about 20,000 questionable followers overnight. 

“Attack of the drones @Quinn4NY rec’d 20K dummy fllwers last night. Didn’t ask 4 em, didn’t pay 4 em. In contact w/ Twitter 2 get rid of ’em,” Quinn campaign spokesman Mike Morey wrote on Twitter Friday. 

Quinn’s surging follower count came to light after a report in City & State, which noted the increase and that many of the accounts had no tweets and similar usernames.

After the deluge, Quinn has, by far, more Twitter followers than the other leading Democrats in the mayoral race. Quinn’s count currently stands at 24,626 followed by Anthony Weiner at 14,088, Bill de Blasio at 5,406, John Liu at 4,195, and Bill Thompson at 3,502.

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