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Tweeting Kansas Teen Gets Apology from Gov. Brownback, Her Following Soars
ABC News ^ | November 28, 2011

Posted on 11/28/2011 10:54:31 AM PST by ConservativeStatement

A Kansas teen who refused to apologize to Gov. Sam Brownback for an insulting tweet got an apology today from the governor himself for his staff’s “over-reaction.”

An unpleasant tweet by Emma Sullivan, 18, was flagged by Brownback’s staff last week. The teen was told by her principal at Shawnee Mission East High School to apologize, but she refused, and the national brouhaha has led to her Twitter following soar from 60 to more than 6,000.

“My staff over-reacted to this tweet, and for that I apologize. Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms,” Brownback said in a statement.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: brownback; kansas; sullivan

1 posted on 11/28/2011 10:54:41 AM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

The governor did the right thing.

I’m impressed.


2 posted on 11/28/2011 10:55:48 AM PST by Jonty30 (If a person won't learn under the best of times, than he must learn under the worst of times.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

What did she say?


3 posted on 11/28/2011 10:56:09 AM PST by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: GoCards

Gov Brownback showed some class, perhaps this teenager should as well.


4 posted on 11/28/2011 10:57:57 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: GoCards

She told him “he sucked.”


5 posted on 11/28/2011 10:59:46 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement
You should always react to smart-aleck know-nothings.

It can only turn out well.

6 posted on 11/28/2011 11:01:56 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The very idea of a community organizer is to stir up a mob for some political purpose." Ann Coulter)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The girl is lucky that she is not busting rocks at the State Prison Farm.


7 posted on 11/28/2011 11:01:56 AM PST by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: ConservativeStatement
“Emma decided that it wouldn’t be sincere for her to apologize, and she didn’t want to give any more power to the governor,”

Ugh. What an insufferable little twerp. Now she has much more attention than she deserves. She is a rude girl, not a free speech advocate. She should apologize but should not be forced to do so. She's just showing what low class trash she is, first for the crude post and now for not apologizing for it.

8 posted on 11/28/2011 11:01:59 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

“Teen?”..she’s 18....she can vote, drive...and serve in the military..


9 posted on 11/28/2011 11:01:59 AM PST by ken5050 (Support Admin Mods: Doing the tough, hard, dirty jobs that Americans won't do...)
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To: ConservativeStatement

If this had been a Dem Governor, she would have been brought to him in a headlock to apologize.


10 posted on 11/28/2011 11:02:25 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: netmilsmom

Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts, sucks! My free speech. :-)


11 posted on 11/28/2011 11:04:27 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Hea Ye; Hear Ye; This is fact, not criticism!!!


12 posted on 11/28/2011 11:11:17 AM PST by bramps
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To: ConservativeStatement

Hea Ye; Hear Ye; This is fact, not criticism!!!


13 posted on 11/28/2011 11:11:20 AM PST by bramps
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To: ConservativeStatement
I've been listening to local talk radio about this for an hour. The concensus:

Yes, Brownback’s staff overreacted.

Yes, Brownback was slow to react to this, and the story grew legs (was on Drudge).

But I have heard NOBODY defend this student...who was one of a very few (50 I believe), who went to the statehouse to learn about government. She walks away from the experience with a ‘tweet’ about a make-believe encounter with Brownback, where the most intellectual discourse she can muster is ‘sucks’. And to top it off, her family is validating her trashiness by allowing her to go national, to get used and abused by the 24 hr news cycle.

14 posted on 11/28/2011 11:12:20 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
She told him “he sucked.”

No she did not. Did you read the story or watch the video? She was having a conversation with someone and when asked what she would say she said she would say Brownback sucked. The story says "The tweet was spurred by a discussion she was having with a friend, talking about what they would tell Brownback if they were to meet him." It was a joke between her and her friends.

She said nothing directly to the Gov. What happened was that Brownback's people "monitor" his name on Twitter and Facebook. They complained and then she was pressured to aploogize.

Brownback had anough sense to apologize to this kid for what his staff did. And he damn well should have. His staff has no business messing with anyone just because they post something negative about the Gov. If I was living in that state my question would be why is someone being paid government money to scrape comments about the Gov. off web sites.

The kid may be totally wrong in the head politically. She may be a loon but she has the right to say whatever she wants. The government, on the other hand, does not have the right to slug mouth her for what she says.

16 posted on 11/28/2011 11:14:39 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

If she’d said it to a Democrat, she’d have been forced to apologize and we likely wouldn’t ever have heard about her.

Dixie Chix got months of free PR for bashing a Republican president.

Let’s say it:

This “teen” won the PR lottery for bashing a Republican.


17 posted on 11/28/2011 11:18:09 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Good move by the governor, though somewhat belated. A political leader never looks good leaning on a foul-mouthed teenybopper, and the higher his office, the worse he comes off. Even if it was just overzealous staff, the buck stops with the governor, so I’m glad he intervened directly. That said, the little scamp needs to have her mouth washed out with soap.


18 posted on 11/28/2011 11:18:23 AM PST by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." --Calvin Coolidge)
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To: ConservativeStatement

>>Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts, sucks! My free speech. :-)<<

I love free speech!!!!


19 posted on 11/28/2011 11:18:59 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: isthisnickcool

Amen.

“Not so to Brownback’s office. His team, which monitors comments on Facebook and Twitter containing the governor’s name, reported Sullivan’s tweet to Youth in Government, the program’s organizer.”

This is disturbing.


20 posted on 11/28/2011 11:19:50 AM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: allmendream
Americans have every right in the world to say/tweet whatever they want

Not exactly..............

21 posted on 11/28/2011 11:22:40 AM PST by Osage Orange (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum)
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To: Winstons Julia

Why? A Dem Gov would have sent the police to visit the “teen”.


22 posted on 11/28/2011 11:23:06 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
"She's just showing what low class trash she is, first for the crude post and now for not apologizing for it."

I see much cruder posts directed against politicians every day here on FR.

23 posted on 11/28/2011 11:23:30 AM PST by circlecity
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To: isthisnickcool

I went by an earlier column I read. This was a headline on Salon: “Teen to Sam Brownback: You suck”

Last week, during a Kansas Youth in Government field trip, Sullivan watched Gov. Sam Brownback speak. Unmoved, she cavalierly tweeted to her roughly 65 followers, “Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.” A teenager tweeting that her governor “sucks” and “blows” – “a lot”? Sounds like grounds for an incident of national proportions!

http://www.salon.com/2011/11/28/teen_to_sam_brownback_you_suck/


24 posted on 11/28/2011 11:23:51 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

And what liberal arts major is this teen planning on failing in?

Oops, forgot, no one fails a liberal arts major.


25 posted on 11/28/2011 11:26:22 AM PST by Da Coyote (Liberalism - when you absolutely, positively have no ability to produce wealth.)
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To: trumandogz
The girl is lucky that she is not busting rocks at the State Prison Farm.

For what?

26 posted on 11/28/2011 11:30:48 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Winstons Julia; isthisnickcool
This is disturbing.
This has the specter of Mr. Dunham's "Fight The Smears" website.
The simple fact that there are government people actively monitoring what people say about their bosses on social media sites should cause us all some concern.
27 posted on 11/28/2011 11:31:23 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: treetopsandroofs

You don’t think it’s disturbing?


28 posted on 11/28/2011 11:33:19 AM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

She’s liberal. She hates the Governor. Told me to go suck it after seeing him in person at a tour of the Topeka capitol. And She is unhappy with him.

Yet Sam Brownback replaced the loser working with Obama. Kathleen Sibelius. Sam is the best Governor of this state in years.

Worse still this female came from my old high school. What a story.


29 posted on 11/28/2011 11:44:35 AM PST by Mozilla
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To: ConservativeStatement

She’s liberal. She hates the Governor. Told him, Gov. Sam Brownback, to go suck it after seeing him in person at a tour of the Topeka capitol. And She is unhappy with him.

Yet Sam Brownback replaced the loser working with Obama. Kathleen Sibelius. Sam is the best Governor of this state in years.

Worse still this female came from my old high school. What a story.


30 posted on 11/28/2011 11:45:58 AM PST by Mozilla
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To: Winstons Julia

If she had made an actual overt threat, would Brownback’s staff had done the right thing?

If yes, then this was a degree of action, or rather over-reaction.

What would have been disturbing would have been my scenario with a Democrat governor and her rights would have been entirely subverted, and she wouldn’t have been reported as a “teen”.


31 posted on 11/28/2011 11:47:08 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Winstons Julia

It’s not disturbing when one understands how Twitter works.

From the article...
“The trouble for Sullivan began last Monday when she tweeted from a youth event at which Brownback gave a speech.

“Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot,” she tweeted.

Sullivan neither met Brownback in person, nor did she tell him he sucked. The tweet was spurred by a discussion she was having with a friend, talking about what they would tell Brownback if they were to meet him.

“The tweet was for her audience at the time,” said Olivia Sullivan, 19. “It was a complete joke between her and her friends.”

If she seriously thinks that her comment was for “her audience at the time” she should have skipped the hashtag. When one puts a hashtag on a comment, that goes to everyone who chose to follow that #. I do expect followers to follow and it’s public. Also, ANY Tweet is public if one wants to reference a name. It’s public, all public.

Now if this woman (and I mean woman, she is 18) doesn’t know this, I would suggest she get off Twitter. It’s dangerous for her.


32 posted on 11/28/2011 11:47:52 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: netmilsmom

To me, it seems like an overreaction to something a teenager posted on Twitter.

Brownback’s people weren’t following #heblowsalot... they were following his name.

The thing to me that’s hinky is reporting it to the “youth in government” program...or whatever it is.


33 posted on 11/28/2011 11:54:22 AM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Barack Hussein 0bama sucks. (Just ask Larry Sinclair.)

Nancy Pelosi sucks.

Barney Frank sucks.

Joe Biden sucks.

The entire democRat Party sucks.

34 posted on 11/28/2011 11:59:24 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Most of the reaction to this story comes from the fact that Brownback is a conservative Republican who is hated by the state media for replacing their beloved leftist Sebelius. The KS papers trash Brownback every day for trying to crack down on Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills, fighting voter fraud, and other conservative moves. He recently proposed eliminating the state income tax, which drove the leftie editors into a foaming frenzy.


35 posted on 11/28/2011 12:06:27 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: ConservativeStatement
Was what she said nice? No. However, politics isn't nice. It's not civil. It's about power.

Staffers shouldn't have reported a student for saying that he sucked. It hits close to censorship and free speech. Kudos to Brownback for taking the high road.

How many here told politicians they sucked? Granholm sucked. Obama sucks, probably in more ways than one.

36 posted on 11/28/2011 12:09:14 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Anybody but Romney or Obama)
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To: Winstons Julia

>>Brownback’s people weren’t following #heblowsalot... they were following his name.<<

They were following his name.
I’m sure that every person in the public eye has someone doing the same.

And that’s why I’m not really bothered by it. You’re right, the reporting it to “Youth in Government” is the bizarre thing, but we don’t really know the whole context of the string of conversation. “Youth in Government” may have ask the Governors office to report any discontent, as well. This may have been in a whole report full of Tweets.

ABC will NEVER tell us the whole story.


37 posted on 11/28/2011 12:20:27 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: Mozilla; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy; All
>> She’s liberal. She hates the Governor. Told me to go suck it after seeing him in person at a tour of the Topeka capitol. And She is unhappy with him. Yet Sam Brownback replaced the loser working with Obama. Kathleen Sibelius. Sam is the best Governor of this state in years. <<

Well, I'm a conservative I thinking Brownback "sucks" too, to quote the twitter teen's tweet. (of course I have different reasons than her but I reached the same conclusion). He supported the McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill and is weak on illegal immigration because he says his "Christian" values tell him to "welcome the stranger", he's soft on crime and opposes capital punishment (guess his "Christian" values tell him that too even though the bible supports the death penalty), and he ran for President patting himself on the back for being Mr. Pro-life leader, then turned around and confirmed one the most rabidly pro-abortion Governors in America to run the Health and Human Services Dept. where she'd be directly controlling abortion policy (and the "he did it to get her out of Kansas excuse" doesn't work since she was term limited and would have been gone anyway). Brownback has been in office too long and lost touch with the average voter. Todd Tiahrt should have probably run against Brownback for Governor instead of seeking his old Senate seat.

38 posted on 11/28/2011 12:33:19 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: Mozilla; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy; All
>> She’s liberal. She hates the Governor. Told me to go suck it after seeing him in person at a tour of the Topeka capitol. And She is unhappy with him. Yet Sam Brownback replaced the loser working with Obama. Kathleen Sibelius. Sam is the best Governor of this state in years. <<

Well, I'm a conservative and I think Brownback "sucks" too, to quote the twitter teen's tweet. (of course I have different reasons than her but I reached the same conclusion). He supported the McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill and is weak on illegal immigration because he says his "Christian" values tell him to "welcome the stranger", he's soft on crime and opposes capital punishment (guess his "Christian" values tell him that too even though the bible supports the death penalty), and he ran for President patting himself on the back for being Mr. Pro-life leader, then turned around and confirmed one the most rabidly pro-abortion Governors in America to run the Health and Human Services Dept. where she'd be directly controlling abortion policy (and the "he did it to get her out of Kansas excuse" doesn't work since she was term limited and would have been gone anyway). Brownback has been in office too long and lost touch with the average voter. Todd Tiahrt should have probably run against Brownback for Governor instead of seeking his old Senate seat.

39 posted on 11/28/2011 12:34:01 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
“Emma decided that it wouldn’t be sincere for her to apologize, and she didn’t want to give any more power to the governor,”

She's right. When one of a governor's toadies can phone a school principal and get them to discipline a student for disrespectin' the Guv, then the Governor has too much power.

40 posted on 11/28/2011 12:49:09 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: Mozilla

I went to East as well. I can only imagine what my father would have done to me had I acted this way.


41 posted on 11/28/2011 12:56:35 PM PST by peggybac
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To: peggybac

Acted what way? She made a comment to her friends about a political figure. Tweeting is posting to your friends (followers).


42 posted on 11/28/2011 1:18:19 PM PST by Borges
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To: isthisnickcool

I totally agree with you — I just cannot believe the people on here who abase themselves to politicians. I know many on here love to lick jackboots but grovelling to politicians is carrying slavish obeisance too far.

These people cannot be Conservative they are too spineless.

What is Gov. Brownback doing paying people to monitor the Internet to ferret out people who think he sucks?

What a hero.


43 posted on 11/29/2011 10:44:19 AM PST by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu

I’ve always said that politicians have way too much power, and it is the duty of every American to make their time in office as miserable as possible. Doesn’t matter if they are democrat, republican, or anything in between. They should have to fight for every point in the polls. They should be reminded time and time again that they are our servants. They are not our masters. We’ve lost sight of that. So I think it’s time to start breaking their spirits again. We’ll start off with disrespect and go from there.


44 posted on 11/29/2011 7:27:16 PM PST by christx30
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To: christx30

That is the spirit - it seems that many on FR have lost it when the politician has a “R” after his name.


45 posted on 11/30/2011 8:11:49 AM PST by Cardhu
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