The mom of state Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, recently sent an email urging Young’s supporters to flood the online comments section at the end of a News Tribune article about her son. It’s a common political strategy, and researchers say it can be effective at influencing voters. (Staff photo illustration)
The mom of state Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, recently sent an email urging Young’s supporters to flood the online comments section at the end of a News Tribune article about her son. It’s a common political strategy, and researchers say it can be effective at influencing voters. (Staff photo illustration) David Montesino dmontesino@thenewstribune.com
The mom of state Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, recently sent an email urging Young’s supporters to flood the online comments section at the end of a News Tribune article about her son. It’s a common political strategy, and researchers say it can be effective at influencing voters. (Staff photo illustration) David Montesino dmontesino@thenewstribune.com

Local politicians — and their moms — are planting comments on the internet. And it’s working

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