This Election Day, there’s something fishy going on in Ann Arbor

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The fish’s prolific Twitter feed suggests he thinks he’s a catch.

From “destructive” bottom feeder to a city council candidate taking Twitter by storm, Ann Arbor’s Twenty Pound Carp has the chance to be the political comeback story of 2013.

I guess that shows you how dull this year’s election is.

Twenty Pound Carp (@TwentyPoundCarp) has launched a write-in campaign on Twitter against Ann Arbor city council candidate Jack Eaton, a Democrat running opposed in the city’s 4th Ward. The big fish, or whoever is behind the big fish on Twitter, has even gone as far as buying lawn signs in Ann Arbor. The fish launched its write-in effort on Sept. 17 with a single tweet.

“When I’m elected as a write-in candidate in the Ward 4 city council race this fall, look for some awesome changes, my friend,” the fish tweeted.

The Carp first came onto the scene a year ago when city employees removed it because it was destroying the local vegetation. It was released in the nearby Huron River, but not until after the local newspaper snapped a few photos for an article that called him “destructive” and a “common carp.” But everyone soon saw that this water creature was anything but common. In fact, it was a prolific tweeter, especially in the days following its September campaign announcement.

By Monday, the fishy candidate had gained more than 400 followers on Twitter—pretty good for an Ann Arbor city council candidate or a fish. One person not worried about TwentyPoundCarp’s social media powers was Jack Eaton, who told he thought the whole write-in campaign was funny.

“I’m amused,” he said in an article this week. “I have a sense of humor and I think it’s funny. I consider a 20-pound carp to be a substantial opponent and I wish him the best.”

So who’s behind the tweeting fish that’s even getting attention from the New York Daily News, NPR, and ABC? A late night tweet on the eve of the election may have been a hint.

Photo via Twenty Pound Carp/Twitter

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