This was not just some off handed comment or dark sick conservative humor. Jeff Cox meant it. I could go off on a riff about this, and still might, but the following story says it all:
MSNBC: Jeff Cox, deputy attorney general for the state of Indiana, suggested via Twitter that riot police "use live ammunition" against demonstrators outside Wisconsin's capitol building on Saturday night, reports "Mother Jones."
Tweeting as JCCentCom, Cox was responding to a report tweeted by staffers of the political magazine regarding riot police possibly called to sweep out demonstrators (they weren't).
Taking issue with this response, "Mother Jones" staffer Adam Weinstein called out JCCentCom from his own Twitter account:
I confronted the user, JCCentCom. He tweeted back that the demonstrators were "political enemies" and "thugs" who were "physically threatening legally elected officials." In response to such behavior, he said, "You're damned right I advocate deadly force." He later called me a "typical leftist," adding, "liberals hate police."
Only later did we realize that JCCentCom was a deputy attorney general for the state of Indiana.
According to Weinstein, "Mother Jones" sent an e-mail to Cox's work address to confirm whether Cox was the author of the tweets as well as the blogger behind Pro Cynic (now disabled), where he "evinces contempt for political opponents," and asked if Cox wished to provide context. He responded shortly after from a personal email address: "For 'context?' Or to silence me?
All my comments on twitter & my blog are my own and no one else's. And I can defend them all."
As "Mother Jones" points out, Cox's tweets seem "all the more troubling now that the public-sector union fight playing out in Wisconsin is now headed to other states — including Indiana, where GOP senators Tuesday passed a bill that would abolish collective bargaining for state teachers."
UPDATE: Today the Indiana Attorney General's Office announced that Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Cox is no longer employed by this agency.
The Indiana AG acted appropriately and swiftly. If Cox's job was unionized, he would still be employed. Aren't you glad the AG's office is not union?ReplyDelete