Case in point.
Shortly after the results of last Tuesday's election were known, Middletown's newly reelected committeeman Tony Fiore felt compelled to send me the below tweet from his Twitter account, which just so happened to be retweeted (shared, to use a Facebook term) by Stephanie Murray (who I can only assume thought it was cute and funny) and a few other of Fiore's Twitter followers.
I don't take kindly to those that act all smug and condescending, especially when someone like Fiore, who has very little personal class and is the poster boy for arrogance and rudeness, thinks he's being clever by sending out an asinine comment that the whole world can see. It really showed what a sore winner he was and how classless he is. So, being the type of person that I am, I couldn't allow Fiore's tweet to go unanswered and responded in kind.
Of course we all know that no good response goes unanswered, so true to form Tony Fiore was compelled to response by calling my blog "smut". Now, you can call me anything you want but to refer to this blog as smut is offensive to me. I've never posted anything to this blog that could be even remotely considered smut.
So, I countered by alluding to a certain local Republican blogger who revels in smut, character assassination, innuendo and bad taste (and once even tried to defend the use of the "N" word), who seems to be the Middletown and Monmouth County Republicans favorite source to decimate falsehoods and propaganda against their rivals in exchange for a little financial support.
At this point in the thread of comments I suppose Tony had nothing clever left to say and wished me to" Have a great day!!!". I personally think that he may have started to become leery of others who were picking up on the Twitter conversation and were now starting to comment on his self important demeanor and condescension. Here are just a few:
- Jjf07748 - Grow up. civil servants are held to a higher standard. Try & act like u should be in that office.
- Pauline Hynes - Wow this is how Tony Fiore views his constituents. Interesting that this is the sentiment ...
- SayNo2Trinity - Small-minded people are easily threatened.
I ended with the last word of course but this whole exchange just shows you how little regard Tony Fiore has for Middletown residents. Yeah, he and Murray won reelection by a couple thousand votes that the Republicans in Middletown seem to win by every year no matter the turn out. Because of the Republican dominance in local elections and voter apathy, they take Middletown voters for granted and feel that no one is paying attention anyway so they can do, act or say nearly anything they wish, without having to answer to anyone. It's a sad state knowing that 40% or more of Middletown residents (both Democrats and Republicans) are overlooked by the likes of Tony Fiore and Stephanie Murray on the Township Committee. It's even sadder knowing that they don't really care either.
So if Tony Fiore, Stephanie Murray,Steve Massell, Gerry Scharfenberger or Kevin Settembrino don't like it when someone holds them accountable for their words or actions, Too Bad! You were elected to represent every resident of Middletown not just the ones that voted for you.
Middletown is our town just as much as it is theirs!