Phoenix Mayoral Candidates: Who's Most Popular in Social (Media) Circles?

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Poor Newt Gingrich won't be sitting in the Oval Office anytime soon.

The former Speaker of the House boasted about his 1.3 million followers on twitter, but was quickly exposed by a former staffer for hiring a firm to create fake accounts to make it look like he was far more popular than he was on the social media network.

Gingrich had bragged to a reporter: "I have six times as many Twitter followers as all the other candidates combined ..."

As it turns out, he's not one of the popular kids. But who among the Phoenix mayoral candidates are the most popular? On the eve of early voting in Phoenix -- during one of the most competitive races in decades -- we decided to take a look at the candidates' stash of friends and followers.

If the theory that popularity on social media networks can translate into political success has any merit, then Greg Stanton, a former councilman, beats out his competitors with 4,186 friends on Facebook, 1,165 people who like his "Stanton for Mayor" Facebook page and 500 people following @StantonforMayor on twitter.

Councilman Claude Mattox comes in second with 2,807 friends on Facebook, and 759 followers on twitter. Unlike other candidates, Mattox doesn't have a separate political Facebook page -- he just turned his personal page into his campaign page.

Local attorney Jennifer Wright edges out former Councilwoman Peggy Neely with 1,495 Facebook friends, compared to Neely's 1,423 friends.

On their political pages, Neely has 503 followers and Wright has 429.

@PeggyNeely has 435 followers, and @wright4mayor has 104.

Wes Gullett's has 854 friends on Facebook, 498 people who like his "Wes Gullett for Mayor" page and 203 follow @wesgullett  on twitter.

(Someone actually went through the trouble of creating a "Don't Vote for Wes Gullett" Facebook page because, according to its unidentified creator, Gullett's camp called a cell phone that's on a do-not-call list. Interesting reason. A mere three people have given a thumbs up to that page.)

And then there is Anna Brennan with 72 people who like her "Anna Brennan For Mayor" page on Facebook and 24 people following @AnnaMBrennan.

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Bnbk
Bnbk

On his website Mattox is endorsed by Tobin,Matt Salmond among other republican right wingers, what a joke you are Mattox. What the hell have you done to stop the downward spiral of the maryvale area ? Nothing ! Everytime I visit the area,I see more & more foreclosed homes,boarded up shops & general overall deterioration. VOTE STANTON !

Az_geo
Az_geo

Stanton and Mattoxx and Gullett and Neely...no difference political hacks...Vote Jennifer Wright

Bnbk
Bnbk

Yea , thats all Phoenix needs,another Teabagger in goverment office! GET A FUCKEN CLUE ! No one is falling for that Teabagger bullshit anymore,just ask your hero RuSSell.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Brilliante, I guess you were one of the members of the high school debate team ! My time is better spent registering new voters,instead of conversing with you.

Az_geo
Az_geo

Stanton is a Union weasel...almost everyone knows that !!...His idea of creating jobs is to fund Art...totally wingnut !

Bnbk
Bnbk

The one who should be worried about becoming irrelevant is none other than Teabagger hero, or should I say ZERO,RuSSell Nazi Hugger Pearce. "You are just another communist left wingnut !...go away!!" - I find it funny that you Teabaggers allways resort to calling,anyone who doesn't agree with your vitriolic,extremist views,"communist left wingnuts". I consider myself more of a centrist that leans somewhat left, that is an independent.Myself & many other people in this state are sick of all the hyperbole that comes from the extremist right wing. These people are not in their elected office to serve the citizens of AZ,they are there for their own self interests.As I type this,our representitives are at the ALEC convention in New Orleans,taking orders from big business & special interest. This fact should bother you more than a former assistant DA ,with a clean,outstanding record being elected as our next Mayor. VOTE STANTON !

Az_geo
Az_geo

Bnbk...How does it feel to be irrelevant?....You are just another communist left wingnut!...go away!!

Bnbk
Bnbk

NO,I prefer that Teabagger Wright to to get elected into office so she can sell us out to the right wing lunatic fringe AKA- Kock brothers ect. After all it's working out just grand for Walker in Wisconsin isn't it ? NOT ! All you teabaggers are the same- lets spew lies,half truths,distractions & maybe the citizens won't notice all the rights we're trying to take away. Try again,that crap is not going to work anymore. I know the fact that your hero RuSSell is facing a recall election is very hard for you Teabaggers to accept,too fucken bad ! Any AZ voter with half a brain knows that RuSSell's baby(SB1070) isn't about solving the immigration problem.SB1070 is about lining the pockets of CCA & the rest of the private prison industry,the last thing they want is to solve the immigation problem,that would kill the cash cow....BTW,You seem to be to be well informed about the definition of a Teabagger,except for the fact that it is a CONsevative pervert,could this be because of personal experience....me thinks so ! You just keep drinking that TEA drink you love so much & keep watching FOX noise,after all we all know that Rupert & company live up to such high jounalistic & ethical standards. $hit Head !

Az_geo
Az_geo

Bnbk....I suppose you prefer Gullett who worked for mcCain and whose wife was Phil Gordon's chief of staff...Yup he woul really change things...NOT...Or the weasel Stanton who love the fact that Phoenix is a sanctuary city for all his Illegal friends, and Union buddies......Or Peggy Neely...who is a big part of the problem and is sold out to the realestate money people......Or Mattox, who pretends that everything is Just fine...and wants to make Phoenix just like that slum hole Maryvalle that he has represented for the last 12 years....yes, he really fixed that place up!.....BTW, A teabagger is a liberal sexual pervert, I guess, you know all about that, of course....And keep on drinking the KoolAde and watching MSNBC. Dumb A$$

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