Kelly Townsend is the Donald Trump of Arizona Legislative District 16

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Apparently, in Legislative District 16 State Representative’s Kelly Townsend’s world, teachers are not the only people that should mind their tongues.

It appears everyone else has to as well if they exercise their freedom of opinion and expression if it is an attack on a position she has.

The latest controversy stems from Ms. Townsend contacting (complaining to) the employer of a concerned citizen who had posted on Facebook that the LD 16 Representative and Peoria State Representative Ben Toma, after being caught on a live microphone speaking of recriminations against State Senators Paul Boyer and Heather Carter for holding up the budget until Boyer’s legislation extending the rights of child assault victims was considered, “favored child molesters.” Ms. Townsend contacted the person who posted the comments employer and demanded an apology for the comments placed on Facebook. The person in question has removed the comments (too late in the cyber world with screenshots which the LD 16 representative took) but has not issued a public apology.

While it is certainly understandable that Ms. Townsend should feel upset about the comments of her “favoring child molesters,” we expect, as other columnists like Elvia Diaz of AzCentral have pointed out, our public servants to have a “thicker skin” when it comes to criticism which unfortunately comes with the job description of serving in the legislature. Our elected officials should be able to take the criticism from opponents as well as reap the praise from supporters. Citizens should not expect reprisals for what they say or write in social media in a Democracy. That these reprisals probably occur in more subtle ways than what Representative Townsend did is wrong and should be also condemned when they happen.

Ms. Townsend’s behavior is eerily similar to the 2016 Popular Vote Loser who currently resides in the White House as Individual One who goes on a tweet rampage every time someone comments on one of his statements or actions. His juvenile attitude is bad for the country as Ms. Townsend’s is for the district.

Some advice for Ms. Townsend. Donald Trump is not a role model you want to emulate.

 

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.