Political Consultant Behind Fake Sandy Tweets

His false information made it into news broadcasts

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 30, 2012 11:40 PM CDT | Updated Oct 31, 2012 12:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Twitter user who spread false information as superstorm Sandy battered New York City has been unmasked by BuzzFeed as the campaign manager for Christopher Wright, the Republican House candidate from New York's 12th congressional district. Among the rumors started by hedge fund manager Shashank Tripathi, using the name "ComfortablySmug," were that all power in Manhattan was being shut down and that the New York Stock Exchange had flooded.

Tripathi's rumors spread widely and were reported by several media outlets, forcing utility and transportation officials dealing with the crisis to take time out to deny them. Tripathi, who hung up on journalists requesting comment, has now tweeted a "sincere, humble, and unconditional apology" for his "irresponsible and inaccurate" tweets and has resigned from the Wright campaign.

Streets around a Con Edison substation are flooded as the East River overflows into the Dumbo section of Brooklyn.
Streets around a Con Edison substation are flooded as the East River overflows into the Dumbo section of Brooklyn.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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BREAKING: Con Edison has begun shutting down ALL power in Manhattan - One of the tweets from 'ComfortablySmug'

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