Note from Dan: This comes in from the regular poster known on this blog as Scott.
Just wanted to run kind of an interesting tidbit your way … Don’t know if you want to run with it or not … but apparently it was enough to get a bunch of Leftist Roanokers in a tizzy.
Today on State Senator Steve Martin’s Facebook page the Senator posted the following tidbit:
“Delegate Cathy[sic] Byron’s Informed Consent for abortion legislation, HB 462, passed the Senate on a vote of 21 to 19. As the Standing Committee Chairman, it was my responsibility to carry the bill on the Senate Floor.”
This topic fired a lot of people up, and a friend of mine was posting on his wall protesting. Because of the nature of Facebook, when anyone does anything that action sort of spreads to others looking at their friend feed. (Which is how I found out about this.) Apparently a number of Roanokers picked up on this thread and posted on it, only to have their posts censored and removed from Senator Martin’s staff, or by him himself. He claimed he was actually doing some of the posting on the thread.
I jumped on board, made a few posts and pointed out that while he was only elected by his district, his laws and actions affect all Virginians, and as such, he should listen to everyone. Sure his constituents can take preference, but to censor people from outside his district seems drastic.
Due to the high number of responses from organized spamming efforts from primarily non-constituents, staff has decided (as is our full right) to delete the entire thread of comments.
We appreciate the honest feedback and communication from our constituents, who have used this Page for its intended purpose – as a means to stay informed on legislative matters pertinent to Virginians in the 11th District – and who have contacted us via email with their thoughts.
If you wish to send us questions or comments, we gladly welcome them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, please, do not post them here. Please also note that due to the high volume of communications we receive during Session, responses are prioritized based on constituency.”
I responded and I received about 20 “Likes” in the next 30 minutes or so as my posts remained up. Senator Martin actually responded to me as well, but then proceeded to completely take the thread down this afternoon with the following explanation:
Attached are screenshots I took in anticipation he would attempt to censor critical commentary on his page. I have redacted my last name as well as any others except the Senator to protect their privacy, but I have original copies, as well as the rest of the screen from my computer. There are 4 pictures of the thread, and 2 where I expanded my comments which ultimately got the thread shut down.
I normally would let things blow over, but I believe that our representatives and senators may be elected by a certain population, but they exist to serve EVERYONE. I think they should also be held accountable for their actions. This man believes neither.
If you want more info, let me know. You know how to get a hold of me. I would prefer my last name not be attached to this if you do decide to go with it.