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Website claims to show tweets from Assembly candidate's deleted account

Angie Sapik did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the website; neither did her campaign manager. A representative for the Douglas County Republican Party declined to comment.

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A screenshot from the homepage of angiestweets.com, which claims to post tweets from a deleted Twitter account that belonged to Republican Assembly candidate Angie Sapik.
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DOUGLAS COUNTY — With the election less than a month away, campaign ads have been launched on radio, television and social media. Instead of a campaign ad, one group has launched a campaign website targeting a candidate in the 73rd District Assembly race.

Angie’s Tweets contains tweets it claims are from a deleted Twitter account that belonged to Angie Sapik, of Lake Nebagamon, the Republican candidate for the open Assembly seat. Sapik and Democratic party candidate Laura Gapske are seeking the Assembly seat, which is being vacated by Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range.

The website is paid for by the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee, a political organization that supports Democratic candidates for the Assembly. Sammy Rasin, communications director for the group, confirmed that they put up the website, which was launched Oct. 7.

The tweets indicate the account holder defends the Jan. 6 insurrection, the use of blackface, believes the 2020 presidential election was rigged and that the COVID-19 virus was intentionally released by China. The site separates the tweets into a dozen categories, including election integrity, gun violence, MAGA and the LGBTQIA+.

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Angie Sapik, of Lake Nebagamon, is running as a Republican for the Wisconsin Assembly's 73rd District seat.
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The website alleges the tweets are from a deleted Twitter account Sapik used from 2019-2021 with the handle @moosobay. The profile picture on the deleted account appears to be Sapik. The name of the closed account is also the same one that appears to be used by Sapik on Instagram. The owner of the deleted Twitter account also posted videos from a TikTok account with the @moosobay handle. The TikTok account is private and includes a profile photo that appears to be Sapik.

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"As you know, nothing on the internet is actually ... everything is on the internet forever," Rasin said.

Emily Gall, campaign manager for Gapske, said she found the tweets using the Way Back Machine, a service through Internet Archive, www.archive.org, that archives public URL snapshots from a moment in time.

"Because I was aware that Angie Sapik had scrubbed her internet presence, I used this service to search for her deleted profiles — and I found her twitter account fairly quickly using common social handles she uses on her other social media sites," Gall said.

After reading just a handful of the 3,165 archived URLs, she said, she contacted the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee.

"I think we wanted to make sure that voters saw the kinds of things that she was saying on her site," Rasin said, so people could see what she stands for.

The Telegram searched archive.org to verify the origin of the tweets and found tweets posted on the Angie's Tweets website matched ones sent from the deleted Twitter account.

Sapik did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the website; neither did her campaign manager. A representative for the Douglas County Republican Party declined to comment. The Douglas County Democratic Party directed requests to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Hannah Menchhoff, communications director with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said in a statement that by deleting her Twitter account, Sapik was "trying to hide from her extreme and dangerous politics."

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"On her Twitter account, Sapik advocated for shooting people that she disagrees with and repeatedly called for ‘war’ and ‘revolution,'" Menchhoff said. "She was also a vocal supporter of the January 6th insurrection and has declared war with China for spreading the ‘China virus’ and ‘rigging the 2020 election.' She does not represent the values of the 73rd District and cannot keep Wisconsin families safe.”

Menchhoff also indicated that a restraining order for harassment had been filed against Sapik. Online court records verified Menchhoff's statement. They show Douglas County Circuit Court Commissioner Rebecca Lovejoy granted a restraining order against Sapik for harassment in 2017. The injunction expired in July 2019.

The election takes place Nov. 8.

This story was updated at 11:49 a.m. Oct. 19 to include comments from ADCC and Laura Gapske's campaign manager. It was originally posted at 8:40 a.m. Oct. 19.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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