So recently there was this major kerfuffle at a Radnor Township Board of Commissioners. This board has been devolving for a few years but the recent commissioners meeting was painful. ( See around 3 hour 48 minute mark)
These are grown ass adults who are elected to serve Radnor Township residents, right? Only some of them are turning their meetings into a sitcom meets a three ring circus.
Anyway, Commissioner Sean Farhy has a beef with Commissioner Jake Abel. Farhy is a Democrat and Abel is a Republican. So because it’s Radnor, it’s super political too when Commissioners beef. It’s painful to watch.
The problem between Farhy and Abel? Abel blocks Farhy on Twitter. Rich Ilgenfritz from Main Line Media News reports:
📌At a board meeting this week, Radnor Commissioner Sean Farhy, a Democrat, proposed the board censure a fellow commissioner, Republican Jake Abel, for blocking him on Twitter….“The blocking of both public officials and/or private citizens is a violation of the First Amendment which he swore to uphold when he took his oath of office. The Board of Commissioners should formally distance themselves from this type of unethical and immoral behavior which has now been deemed by a U.S. Federal Court as unconstitutional and illegal,” according to a portion of the resolution that would have censured Abel….According to Farhy, since Abel disseminates township information over his Twitter account, blocking someone is a violation of the First Amendment.
“All I’m asking is you unblock anyone that you’ve blocked on your Twitter account, which you use to disseminate government information,” Farhy said.
Although Abel admitted to blocking Farhy, he said he did not know of anyone else being blocked.
“This is the first I’ve heard of any resident being blocked, and if somebody is being blocked, they can reach out to me. I’ll have my team look at it, but I’m not aware of specific people being blocked,” Abel said in response.📌
Umm Jake Abel, I discovered this evening that you block ME. I found that damn amusing because I do not recall ever interacting with you. Did I? Have we met?
So Jake Abel who is your “team” (sounds super pretentious) and how MAGA paranoid are you? So Jake Abel was I following you on Twitter? I did not recall doing so although I follow plenty of local and national politicians. I guess blocking me is a preemptive strike because I am a blogger? That’s totally lame, but truthfully, I don’t care. You don’t matter in my world. However Jake Abel, baby politician, I totally do not buy you don’t know whom you have blocked.
Now I do think Abel actually can block another politician like Farhy because he isn’t a constituent. But it’s not good politics and turns the boardroom at Radnor township into Romper Room.
Anyway get out the wammmmbulance…then they were hurling accusations at each other (read article, watch YouTube.) Accusing each other of photographing each other…rock ‘em sock ‘em robots who wouldn’t know Roberts Rules of Order if it bit them on their asses.
File under stupid politician tricks.