The Twitter account for Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca supports a pro-amnesty group’s call for Broward latinos to register to vote. LaMarca, a Republican, has multiple Twitter accounts. On Monday, his @ElectChip account responded to a tweet from TNTweeters FL, a group affiliated with TNTWEETERS.US. This group claims to be a group of “American citizens, permanent residents and undocumented people supporting immigration reform with a path to citizenship.” Published reports and TNTWEETERS members state the group has a more political goal-the defeat of Republicans.
One report claims TNTWEETERS aims to be the counterpart of the Tea Party. An April 2014 story in The Hill newspaper said, “Just like the Tea Party fervor of 2010, driven by a single-minded focus to oppose President Obama, these online Latino groups share a similar obsession with throwing Republicans out of office.” Fernando Espuelas, a Univision talk show host, said TNTWEETERS wants to apply 1960s tactics and ideas to the social media age. TNTWEETERS, “can spread a political message across the country with the click of the mouse – reaching tens of thousands of people in an instant, hundreds of thousands per day.” Espuelas said, “One such group, organized primarily through the hashtag #TNTweeters, has attracted thousands of active social media “warriors” that engage in a robust political debate – principally calling for a GOP defeat in November.”
In today’s tweet, TNTWEETERS wrote, ” TODAY #FL voter registration deadline. #Latino in #Broward #Register2Vote @VotoLatino #PowerOfOurVote #TNTweeters.” Voto Latino is another pro-Democrat hispanic group. The group is lead by celebrities such as actress Rosario Dawson.
In reply to the tweet, @ElectChip wrote, “YES! Make sure to register!”
TNTWEETERS hopes enough hispanics will register to vote in order to force a change in the U.S. House of Representatives.
While it’s unlikely that LaMarca supports such an outcome, his response does help their cause. For those unfamiliar with Twitter, interaction with tweets helps build exposure. By replying to the tweet, all of LaMarca’s followers and all of TNTWEETERS’ followers see the message. Twitter analytics gauges the interactions and impressions. The use of the hastags creates a viral messaging atmosphere where more people learn about TNTWEETERS and their cause.