A Jackson County legislator is far too panicked by a recent pandemic debate to proceed.
Without much verification the newspaper is carrying 3rd person reports claiming that voters might shoot an elected official.
Meanwhile . . .
Insiders report the Legislature has completely wiped their hands of this policy gambit and have told Crystal that they would not support it.
In the aftermath of this EPIC PUBLIC HEALTH POLITICAL FAIL, here's a bit of political pouting via the Kansas City Star . . .
Jackson County Legsislator Crystal Williams blamed the furor surrounding the proposed rule on Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and his rhetoric on the issue and the steps he’s taken in the courts to challenge the legal authority of public health agencies statewide to manage the spread of infectious diseases of all kinds.
“I lay all of this struggle at his nasty, venal feet,” Williams told The Star. “His unfettered ambition has brought my county to its knees when it comes to public health.”
Schmitt did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Williams decision to pull her public health ordinance or her characterizations of his role in her decision.
The measure that Williams co-sponsored with legislator Jalen Anderson was introduced Monday and was to have come up for discussion before the county legislature’s health and environment committee next week.
But opponents of restrictions such as mask mandates and the like have sent Williams and others angry messages since the proposal was announced. The tone of the rhetoric on social media platforms has also been worrisome throughout the pandemic, she said, whenever the county imposed restrictions meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“I have had colleagues say to me they are afraid they are going to be shot,” she said.
Accordingly . . .
If Crystal can prove this threat then she should hand it over to authorities.
Just for the record . . .
TKC will NEVER condone any threat of terrorism or credible talk of violence . . . Caveat: Talking about "opening a can of whoop-ass" amid a debate is acceptable if only because we all know that's a funny rhetorical metaphor. Still, if we see legit threats of violence in the comments that person will be banned and NEVER allowed to post again.
That being said . . .
SMEARING LEGIT POLITICAL OPPOSITION BY ASSIGNING VAGUE THREATS OF VIOLENCE TO THEIR SIDE IS A TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE & REPREHENSIBLE TACTIC!!!
We don't believe Crystal would stoop to that level and, again, she should report any legit threats to authorities so everyone can condemn violence and move forward with HONEST DISAGREEMENTS REGARDING PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
Saying she and her colleagues have faced threats of violence, Jackson County Legislator Crystal Williams has pulled for now a proposal to establish a new set of public health regulations governing much of eastern Jackson County.