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Should public officials be sanctioned if they create or forward offensive emails on a public account?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
77% 405
No
 
22% 117
Total 522

Comments

WilburM 3 years, 1 month ago

I voted "No" -- the real sanction has to come at the polls. If you want to keep electing folks who say stupid things, that's your right in a democracy. And we have any number of examples...

Flap Doodle 3 years, 1 month ago

If I get to be the one who decides what is offensive, sure.

George Lippencott 3 years, 1 month ago

And how do we decide what is offensive? Who does the deciding? What about due process?

beatrice 3 years, 1 month ago

WilburM got it right on the first response. The answer is no. That doesn't mean we can't express our displeasure, and if enough people speak up it could push an elected official toward stepping down. Of course, if something is offensive enough, one's own party might even ask a politician to step down.

I know Anthony Wiener stepped down because of his personal e-mails. It does happen.

Eileen Jones 3 years, 1 month ago

O'Neal is a disgrace to Kansas. I want him to resign. Kansas is better than this. Kansas are better than this.

Armstrong 3 years, 1 month ago

Where is the freedom of speech crowd now ?

Armstrong 3 years, 1 month ago

Ah, the I support only the speech I like crowd. Thanks for clearing that up. Emma would be ashamed

bevy 3 years, 1 month ago

If a state employee sent an e-mail like that one, he or she would at minimum be sanctioned,or possibly even fired. Don't elected officials have at least the same responsibilities?

Carol Bowen 3 years, 1 month ago

Offensive or not, personal stuff should not be done on government equipment.

jayhawklawrence 3 years, 1 month ago

I voted no for the same reasons as others.

If voters keep electing dumb people, that is one of the things you have to accept in a Democracy. Being dumb is not against the law.

Grump 3 years, 1 month ago

". . . until he can demonstrate more personal responsibility and common sense."

My guess is that's not going to happen. (I've met him in-person.)

ivalueamerica 3 years, 1 month ago

anyone who is using government computers to present personal messages, offensive or not, should be sanctioned.

Also, State leaders who do not think they should be held to greater accountability than regular employees or a greater standard of ethics should leave their posts because they do not understand their job.

I voted yes because of that.

jayhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm just guessing, but with the use of mass mailings, mass e-mails etc., done by paid staff and by volunteers on behalf of politicians, I could easily see how some offensive things could be sent out without the politician ever having seen the material. It would be great if we could hold the politician responsible, but there are only 24 hours in a day. A pattern of such behavior would indicate a lack of managerial control, which might make such a person unworthy of public office.

Alceste 3 years, 1 month ago

Kansas state legislators need to be subjected to the same standard any employee of the state of Kansas is subjected to.

Had any state employee forwarded the tripe O'Neal has been forwarding using his state of Kansas issued email address, he would have been discharged.

patkindle 3 years, 1 month ago

they should sanction who ever ratted them out

brutus 3 years, 1 month ago

Let's just fire anyone that offends anyone. This has gotten out of hand. I'm waiting for someone to step up and say "I'm not sorry, go screw yourself!"

pace 3 years, 1 month ago

I believe we have that in Brownback.

Oldsoul 3 years, 1 month ago

One Million Pissed Off Women was encouraging mass email and phone protest against this clown the last time I visited their page on Facebook.

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