V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai of Cambridge, who sues Web sites for disputing his claim that he invented e-mail as a 14-year-old, announced at a right-wing gathering in Washington yesterday that he will run against Elizabeth Warren for US Senate in 2018.
Ayyadurai (left in the photo) opened his campaign with an announcement at a party by a group called MAGA3X outside the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
One of MAGA3X's organizers is Mike Cernovich, who played a key role in the misogynist GamerGate movement, which went after Boston-area game developer Brianna Wu. Wu is now running as a Democrat against incumbent US Rep. Stephen Lynch.
In a tweet, Ayyadurai said his platform will be to "Defend the American Dream!" He adds:
Time to take fight right into the belly of the beast in MA, the epi-center of Fake News, Fake History & Fake Science!
He joins Allen Waters, a retired financial consultant from Mashpee. On his Web site, Waters calls himself "a middle class, Cape Cod family man with blue-collar roots," but in a Globe article last month he stepped that up to "an angry, conservative black man with a chip on his shoulder."
Also looking at running as a Republican against Warren are failed game developer Curt Schilling and online aftermarket auto-parts magnate Rick Green.