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Pennsylvania Democrat anonymously trolled constituents online for supporting drilling
Hot Air ^ | June 3, 2013 | Mary Katharine Ham

Posted on 06/04/2013 1:21:24 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The kicker? He’s a supporter of a state cyberbullying bill.

A state lawmaker on Thursday acknowledged making “anonymous” and “fictitious” online posts attacking constituents who support shale-gas drilling in Washington County and apologized to two people for any “offensive or hurtful” actions.

Residents and the industry group Energy In Depth accused Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, of using aliases to call his critics “mouth breathers” and to call industry supporters, including senior citizens, “hucksters.”

White explained himself by blaming drilling companies and pro-industry groups for targeting him with “misleading and personal attacks.”

“These attacks have included anonymous or fictitious posts on various websites,” White, 34, said in an emailed statement. “On occasion, I have exercised my First Amendment rights and responded in kind, which was an error in judgment that I regret.

“To be clear, I did not use government resources while posting comments on these sites.”

So, there’s that. But he probably went after some really dastardly folks, right?

“It’s just crazy,” said Janice Gibbs, 64, of Cecil, a retired waitress who cares for her ill husband and 2-year-old granddaughter. “It was a shock that he would go to this, (that) a public official who’s an educated man would go to this depth of harassing people when he doesn’t have to.

“He can debate and have his opinion. And he doesn’t have to bash his constituents.”

Constituents, who were called industry “moles” and worse by White’s pseudonyms for months and years, have now been invited to meet with White face-to-face. Because that’ll make everything better....

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: democrats; energy; internet; marcellusshale; oil; pennsylvania; shalegas
It's just who they are.
1 posted on 06/04/2013 1:21:24 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But he does have to harass the opposition; it’s the only way he knows how to fight facts.

2 posted on 06/04/2013 1:45:35 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: prisoner6; PennsylvaniaMom; rightwingintelligentsia

Typical Western Pa Democrat ping!

3 posted on 06/04/2013 3:13:05 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: sneakers

I’ve been following this on the local news. It’s amazing how many enviro-whacko-libs in the comment sections of the news stories actually justify what he did.

They have no principles or ethics, only agendas.

4 posted on 06/04/2013 3:29:14 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Truth/Lies; Liberty/Tyranny--WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


5 posted on 06/04/2013 4:14:12 AM PDT by lowbridge
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