Skip to comments.Cooper City Commissioner Apologizes for His Facebook Post
Posted on 12/12/2012 3:22:17 PM PST by nickcarraway
John Sims said he reposted the comment from another site.
A Cooper City commissioner under fire for a recent Facebook post apologized to people he may have offended at a scheduled workshop meeting, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
John Sims has been the District 1 Commissioner since March of 2007, according to the citys website. He apologized Tuesday for his Nov. 30 post about Social Security stimulus packages.
"To those of you who were genuinely offended, I offer my deepest apology," Sims was quoted as saying by the newspaper. "Rest assured that I will continue to serve our city well and continue to work equally for all people in Cooper City regardless of religion, ethnicity or social status.
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Sims' post, which caused angry emails to Mayor Greg Ross, read as follows:
"Just wanted to let you know ... today I received my 2013 Social Security Stimulus Package. It contained two tomato seeds, cornbread mix, two discount coupons to KFC, an 'Obama Hope & Change' bumper sticker, a prayer rug, a machine to blow smoke up my a** and a 'Blame it on Bush' poster for the front yard. The directions were in Spanish. Yours should arrive soon."
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Resident Gabriel De Gedeon was clearly upset.
"Those comments are 100 percent bitter and ignorant," he was quoted as saying. "I'm shocked that those offensive comments were written by a Cooper City commissioner."
Commissioner Lisa Mallozzi said the post was inappropriate.
"The comment was vile, offensive it reminds me of a Neanderthal comment because it's very backward. It was not in good taste," Mallozzi was quoted as saying. "But I accept his apology and we're going to move forward."
Sims continued to say he regretted the post.
"The post was done as a humorous commentary," he was quoted as saying by the Sentinel. "I deeply regret that I failed to consider that some might find it offensive."
But he was backed by Christine Timmons, who defended Sims' based on freedom of speech.
"Every time a white person opens his mouth, people say, 'Oh, he's a racist,'" Timmons was quoted as saying. "He can say what he wants to say. He's got a right to free speech like anyone else."
Ross, who said Sims would benefit from "sensitivity training," said the future of the mayor's position was up to the voters, the Sentinel reported.
"The residents' phone calls asked me to please ask him to resign or to fire him," he was quoted as saying. "I don't have the right to do that. It's the citizens who vote him in and the citizens' right to vote him out."
Got that in an e-mail from a friend yesterday. I thought it was pretty accurate...
They won, why are they so thinned skin?
that’s a crap apology
“They won, why are they so thinned skin?”
Easily offended is a DNA characteristic of theirs.
“Crap” apology!? Why should he apologize? (other than to keep his job)
I thought it was funny. Is something wrong with me?
The truth hurts, doesn’t it.
"The comment was vile, offensive it reminds me of a Neanderthal comment because it's very backward. It was not in good taste," Mallozzi was quoted as saying.
That's inoffensive, I suppose?
Oh, and is Mallozi really so old that she was around when Neanderthals were chatting in her presence?
And also, by the way, isn't it racist to insult Neanderthals?
Wasn’t it the Left who said Maher’s misogynist comments directed at Sarah Palin and her daughters were “nuanced” while Rush’s were just “crass”?
Maybe they need to consider the context in which these remarks were made?
I think it’s crap that he apologized at all.
He should have shrugged and said, “Screw ‘em if they don’t have a sense of humor.”
“Just wanted to let you know ... today I received my 2013 Social Security Stimulus Package. It contained two tomato seeds, cornbread mix, two discount coupons to KFC, an ‘Obama Hope & Change’ bumper sticker, a prayer rug, a machine to blow smoke up my a** and a ‘Blame it on Bush’ poster for the front yard. The directions were in Spanish. Yours should arrive soon
I most be missing something as nothing in this offends me in the slightest!
Ross, who said Sims would benefit from “sensitivity training,” said the future of the mayor’s position was up to the voters, the Sentinel reported.
I got your sensitivity training right here pony boy!