Friday, October 02, 2009

How to lose votes and annoy people

The Mayor of Portsmouth, (James Kalb) that's Portsmouth, Ohio not Hampshire certainly knows the best way to harness his electorate through using blogs according to the State Sunshine and Open Records blog. Recently, when a local blogger Robert Forrey contacted him about documents relating to the building of a park, he received the following reply.
From: City of Portsmouth
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information
Priority: Normal. Date: Sunday, September 27, 2009 1:47 AM
To: Robert Forrey

Per your public records request;

You are correct in stating that at the meeting in the park the fact was "acknowledged that such a written agreement existed". What I don't understand is why you feel that a confirmation of this fact would necessitate a publication or distribution of the mentioned document.

As you requested, a copy of the document has been prepared for you to pick up at my office. Our regular office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

If there is anything else that I can do for you, which is required by law, don't hesitate to call my office. If it isn't required by law then don't bother asking, because I think that you're a worthless piece of s**t and I wouldn't p**s on you if you were on fire (my opinion). You're a poor, lonely, jealous, old man with aspirations of being a writer. You write your lies and uneducated opinions on people and issues from behind the safety of your slobber stained keyboard with the hope that somebody will read them that doesn't know you and believe that you're more than the pitiful, broke-down, lizard-looking thing that you are, in my opinion. Get a life old man. On second thought, don't bother..............

I do have a question for you. Do you have family and if so do they even like you?

Looking forward to your next Internet issue of "FORREY'S FOLLIES".....NOOOTTTTTT

With little respect for you,
Mayor James D. Kalb

Now that's freedom of speech at its best, in my opinion.
A refreshingly honest politician who's political enemies will no doubt play the email back in spades come the next time he needs the votes to secure his office.

Now comes the funniest part, as noted by Gawker. It seems the Columbus Dispatch picked up on the story and asked the Mayor he he regretted sending the email. He said,

I regret that he made it public
Did he really think a response like that wouldn't be made public?

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