For a long time now, Jason Kenney's name has put him closer to Canadian politics than most Americans.
That's because the Richmond, Va. resident shares it with Conservative MP Jason Kenney. But it's also because he beat the politician to the @jasonkenney Twitter handle.
His username means that almost any time Kenney has been singled out for criticism, @jasonkenney takes more than a few attacks.
Like when the Canadian Kenney made his "English to English" remark about Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan:
When he talked about, "People like Nenshi."
— Douglas Connors (@calmecam) October 1, 2015
Or when he praised a child's "unaccented English":
— ALLAN NEILSEN (@allanneilsen) October 6, 2015
But the American Kenney, who works as communications manager at the World Pediatric Project, is pretty chill about the whole thing, if an interview with CBC News is anything to go by.
"The confusion has been happening for a lot longer than social media," he told the network.
"More than a decade ago I got an email from this sweet lady who was asking if I could speak to her church group. I said I was flattered but I was probably the wrong guy because I was quite a few thousand miles away."
U.S. Kenney has tweeted that he and his Canadian counterpart share more in common than just a name.
Not sure what surprises people more: that I'm not @JKenney, that I think he's a good guy, or that I align pretty closely with his politics.— Jason Kenney (@jasonkenney) February 5, 2016
And he has also managed to keep a sense of humour about the confusion:
Aw, crap. Thanks, Canada... pic.twitter.com/HSitfSDkTD— Jason Kenney (@jasonkenney) February 5, 2016
He's even taken a shot at a (former) Canadian himself:
I keed, I keed... pic.twitter.com/HBQdLVUvmC— Jason Kenney (@jasonkenney) February 2, 2016
Kenney said that he and the MP have talked at times, with the latter saying he's sorry for "bringing disrepute to the name."
But the confusion persists nonetheless. It comes from Liberal MPs ...
Former Conservative candidates ...
And provincial politicians.
It can't be easy to open up one's Twitter and find users attacking you.
But this Kenney has clearly found good ways of coping.
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