Raleigh, N.C. — In what has to be the oddest story yet of this session, Rep. Bryan Holloway, R-Stokes, says he is not the author of a preppy menswear blog titled "WASP 101."
In a story posted Thursday on the fashion blog "Ivy Style," Huffington Post style writer Christian Chensvold claims he was contacted by an anonymous source who said "Richard," the main blogger at long-running menswear blog WASP 101, is actually Holloway.
Chensvold points out a number of similarities and coincidences between the writer and the politician.
Both have a dachshund named Governor. Both work in North Carolina politics. Their ages are the same, as are their birthdays, and Richard is Holloway's middle name.
Chensvold also points out that photos of the second writer on the blog, "Kipp," bear a strong resemblance to Holloway's legislative assistant.
Other fashion sites picked up Chesvold's story Thursday afternoon.
Coincidences aside, Holloway says, it's not his blog.
Reached by phone, Holloway said he hadn't returned Chensvold's calls because he had no idea what the caller was talking about, and he had been in budget meetings all day. He's one of the House budget chairmen.
"We've had all kinds of strange phone calls," he laughed.
Asked why someone would accuse him of authoring the fashion blog, Holloway said he didn't know. "I guess I'm just his victim of the day," he said.
Chesvold claims the WASP 101 blog was taken down after his story was posted, then restored as an invitation-only blog. A related Tumblr page also appears to have been taken down.
Various pages of the blog are still publicly available at the Internet Wayback Machine. (Please note: some archived posts contain mature content.)