As I tell people, that's one of the risks of doing a blog (which apparently this elected official reads religiously.) When you stick your head out of the hole, people start shooting at you. The fact they are shooting though is evidence that your comments are hitting the target.
Public officials do not have some right to serve in public office and not be criticized. I have publicly accused this public official of not doing his job and misspending public funds, accusations backed up by loads of evidence, none of which he has ever once contradicted. Instead of trying to dispute my public criticism and show why I'm wrong, he chooses to go after me behind closed doors.
Sorry, elected official, but in a quote made famous by President Harry Truman, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." If you can't stand public criticism of your job performance, you have no business being in public service.
Why is the right to criticize public officials important? There is a simple answer which is summed up in the quote at the top of my blog:
“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” Haile SelassieLast time I checked, they have not repealed the First Amendment. So elected official, if you think my public criticism of your performance in office is going to be curtailed by your efforts, think again. It is not going to happen.