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Who's who? State Senator confuses his own Twitter handle with UNC professor's

Ohio state Senator's campaign website redirects to UNC assistant professor's Twitter.
Buy Photos Ohio state Senator's campaign website redirects to UNC assistant professor's Twitter.

When UNC computer science professor Kris Jordan was scrolling through the computer programming memes on his Twitter feed, he did not expect to discover a state senator from Ohio boosting his page views.

As soon as he saw the senator’s name, Jordan chuckled. Kris Jordan, the professor, had stumbled upon Kris Jordan, the senator. 

In an email to supporters, Kris Jordan, a state senator running for the 67th District in the Ohio House of Representatives, included a link to the computer science professor’s Twitter: @KrisJordan.

Jordan said the Senator has been on his radar since he was first elected. 

“I’ve been in sort of a page rank battle with him on Google as to who shows up first for 'Kris Jordan,'” he said. “I’m very sad to be losing the Wikipedia battle with him, so if there are any UNC students that want to remedy that, that’d be great.” 

As of Tuesday night, any new subscriber to Sen. Jordan’s campaign list received a welcome email that said, “You can also follow me on social media at…” followed by links to inaccurate Facebook and Twitter pages.

Republican Sen. Kris Jordan was first elected to the Ohio State Senate in 2010 and has been an advocate against abortion and a proponent of Second Amendment issues during his tenure.

The Senator from Delaware, Ohio, is barred from running for re-election in the Ohio Senate because of term limits, but he is looking to continue his political career by running for the Ohio House of Representatives this fall.

Sen. Jordan could have been charged with assault, domestic violence and disorderly conduct in 2011 after his wife, Melissa Jordan, told Delaware City Police that he was pushing her around and throwing things. His wife later asked prosecutors not to press charges.

UNC professor Kris Jordan said he is not happy to be linked to the Senator.

“It’s unfortunate to be confused online with someone with as shady of a background as this man appears to have,” he said.

Above the link to professor Jordan’s Twitter, a Facebook link redirects to a page belonging to Kristen Lafaye Jordan, an alumna of the University of Alabama.

Kristen Jordan said via LinkedIn that, like professor Jordan, she was also unaware that Sen. Jordan was linking to her personal social media profile in a welcome email sent to his campaign mailing list.

“I will attempt to reach out to them in order to have their error corrected," she said. "I don’t want any unnecessary attention drawn to my personal account."

Sen. Kris Jordan could not be reached for comment. 

A message sent via the contact form on his website yielded an email with a link to professor Jordan’s Twitter at the bottom.

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