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The normally very active Twitter account of San Diego County Republican Party Chairman Tony Krvaric (@TonyKrvaric) stopped working Tuesday. Local Democratic Party Chairman Jess Durfee says he knows why.

Durfee complained to Twitter about fake accounts that impersonated Democratic City Council candidates and Durfee. Impersonations violate the social network’s policies. From a Durfee press release:

Though Krvaric’s and the Republican Party’s accounts were not mentioned in the Democratic complaint, both were suspended today along with the fraudulent accounts — indicating that Twitter has pinpointed the Republicans in impersonating Democrats and trying to trick their followers.

“I applaud Twitter for acting quickly to shut the deceptive profiles down,” said Democratic Party Chair Jess Durfee. “Childish and unethical conduct online is nothing new, but I am disappointed to see that my Republican counterpart and his party may have been behind it. The idea of Tony Krvaric posting as @JessDurfee is just creepy.

Meantime, it looks like Krvaric popped back up on Twitter late Tuesday afternoon under a different Twitter name, @Krvaric.

“Still here,” the tweet said.

Krvaric later told the Union-Tribune he created the fake names.

Liam Dillon is a news reporter for voiceofsandiego.org. He covers San Diego City Hall, the 2012 mayor’s race and big building projects. What should he write about next?

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Liam Dillon was formerly a senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He led VOSD’s investigations and wrote about how regular people...

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