Politically Incorrect

Politically incorrect? My experience with an elected official.

Politically incorrect? What does this mean? Definitions can include something that is potentially offensive to a particular group of people or disregarding political correctness. Should elected officals be held to at least an equal if not higher standard?

This is my story.

It began in a crowded room at a political event this past week. It started as a civil conversation. I asked an elected offical, "What items can be voted on by paper ballot? It sure seems like that would not be a form of transparent, representative government."

That discussion struck a nerve with the elected official. It seemed like hell unleashed its fury on me that night. "F" bombs spewed from the elected official's mouth like ash and flames spew from a volcano. Feeling offended, I asked the volcano to quit spewing its fury. Only after a second elected official enouraged the volcano to stop, did the "F" bombs cease.

If my objective question illicits that type of response, it begs the larger question of this elected official's integrity and respect for common sense and decency.

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Luke February 21, 2013 at 10:32 PM
The type of reaction you describe is typical of someone that perceives what you are saying as a threat to either their identity or their well-being and is trying to intimidate you through emotion. Those tactics often work, unless you are a Republican.
Chris B February 21, 2013 at 11:22 PM
@ Luke Great comment! 1)The elected official is a Republican 2) I am a Republican and I am not intimidated
clearthinker February 24, 2013 at 03:31 AM
If that outburst happened at a public event then you should identify the flamer. As Tom Barrett would say, "name the name"!
Jenna March 11, 2013 at 08:44 PM
A Republican, huh? you mean a church going, family values loving, reform minded politician who spews F bombs? And I'm guessing, will deny it after this column is picked up by a staffer. So typical. I love the PR job Republicans do in WI. They make Axelrod look incompetent. And Waukesha County buys the act hook, line and sinker.
Jenna March 11, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Your readers would like HIS name. Nothing like holding a F bomb spewing Republican accountable for his unacceptable behavior. Isn't that what Republicans stand for? Duffy? Johnson? Vos? Fitz? Kleefleish? Just trying to think of the hottest messes in WI.


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