Frequent readers of this blog know that I am a political junkie. I want to know everything that’s going on, even if I don’t ultimately write about it. That’s just how I am. It’s a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, despite my short time living in Memphis, I have a decent amount of institutional knowledge about who and what and where. On the flip side, I don’t often write about all of that for reasons that run the gambit from the insignificant to not really having ALL or enough of the story to run with it. That’s the reality of where I’m coming from on the whole political scene. I like to know, but if there’s not a story there, or I don’t have a good enough grasp on the situation, I won’t write about it until the pieces fall into place.
Being a political junkie, that’s often in places scattered hither and fro across this country, I have found that there are tools, like twitter and Facebook, as well as the traditional means that are helpful in keeping up with the politicians.
There are few things that REALLY PISS ME OFF in this world, that aren’t somehow policy related, but one of them, more than anything else, is denying me information, particularly if you are currently campaigning for office. From my perspective, part of your gig as a politician is to inform EVERYONE, regardless of whether I’m a supporter or not. The truth of the matter is, whether I vote for you or not, you will likely serve in an office that represents me. You may not like what I say, or how I say it, but denying me my right to both know what your plans are, and an opportunity to respond to your positions, whether you choose to respond or not, is garbage.
So it was with a great deal of both disappointment and irritation that I discovered I had been blocked on twitter by Mayoral candidate Kenneth Whalum Jr.
Apparently, Kenneth Whalum Jr. either doesn’t cark about working to win my vote, or he’s just naive enough to believe that he can win on the strength of whatever support he currently has. Not only is this a bad strategy, it’s just plain dumb. I may not be a supporter of WHALUM!, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t write something that turns another voter.
It raises the question: “If this is how Kenneth Whalum chooses to run a campaign, how will he govern as Mayor?” Will he squash dissent? Will he have me removed from government meetings the way he had a gay couple removed from his church, but won’t talk about?
This wouldn’t be a story except that the right reverend has done this to other people that have disagreed with him. It seems that candidate Whalum just can’t deal with differing views.
Well, so be it.
If you are currently following Kenneth Whalum, login to Twitter and do a friend search. If you are currently blocked, take a screen capture and let me know about it on my contact page. Include your twitter name and I’ll contact you about where to email the image. If I get enough people doing this, I’ll publish another post that lists all of us.