The man behind the brilliant @MayorEmanuel Twitter account, which "followed" Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel on the campaign trail by making up jokes about him and ultimately "vanished into a time vortex in order to save the multiverse," has been outed.
Here's a chunk of Madrigal's lengthy story probing this delightfully tweaked man who's been suffering through paranoiac episodes in the last weeks:
What's stunning is that Sinker managed to preside over @MayorEmanuel without ever getting caught. Or at least outed. His secret was known only by his wife, a small circle of friends, and one Chicago Public Schools teacher, Seth Lavin, who figured out Sinker's identity when Sinker used his personal bit.ly account to shorten a link that @MayorEmanuel later tweeted. Lavin kept it mum. Others came close to identifying him, Sinker said. An intern at the Wall Street Journal was onto him early, as was a reporter at Crain's Chicago Business. But no one could muster any proof.
As the weeks went by, the pressure began to take a toll on Sinker's psyche. "The train rides became totally paranoia-inducing by the end. I would think, 'Is anybody watching this? Why is that guy looking at my phone? Who is this?' he said. "Your brain starts going a little crazy. I'm looking forward to my brain not feeling so crazy."
That's all well and good, but still: Quitter! The Chicago Tribune editorial board is especially disappointed that he's wrapping up the account. Think of the Chicago Tribune editorial board's feelings, Sinker.
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