Republican mayor of a city in Maine, Nick Isgro, published a post last month that mocked David Hogg, a survivor of the tragic Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting. Now, Isgro is facing a recall vote.
The Associated Press reported that a former Democratic mayor is spearheading the recall movement against Isgro. Of course, a recall election is a notable procedure that voters can undertake in order to remove an elected official from their post through a direct vote.
The Waterville mayor, who was re-elected for a second term last year, is facing a potential ousting after sharing a tweet about Fox News and expressing support for Laura Ingraham last month.
Ingraham made headlines when she mocked Hogg on Twitter over his college rejections. This triggered an overwhelmingly negative response from the public and the Parkland shooting survivor immediately responded by calling for a boycott of the Fox host’s advertisers.
Hogg’s efforts caused almost two dozen companies to discontinue their ad support on “The Ingraham Angle.”
During the boycott, Isgro backed Ingraham and posted a distasteful message.
“Eat it, Hogg,” Isgro wrote, targetting the 18-year-old student who has become a significant gun control advocate.
While Isgro’s tweet was made private, the Waterville Republicans publicly expressed their discontentment with his tweet, calling on the mayor to apologize.
“We are deeply disappointed in @nickisgro1’s recent tweet about @davidhogg111. As #2A supporters, we don’t agree with David’s policy ideas, but he should be treated with respect and decency, especially given the terrible tragedy he endured. Mr. Mayor, apologize,” the group posted.
We are deeply disappointed in @nickisgro1's recent tweet about @davidhogg111. As #2A supporters, we don't agree with David's policy ideas, but he should be treated with respect and decency, especially given the terrible tragedy he endured. Mr. Mayor, apologize. #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/HzgS1Y3AvH
— The Maine Troll Network (@MEtrollNetwork) April 3, 2018
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Isgro responded to the recall effort.
“It appears that outside special interest groups spending thousands of dollars — while colluding with well-connected political elites and the local press — allegedly turned in enough signatures to have a vote to repeal our accomplishments and repeal local control of Our City,” he wrote.
“It is not about a three word, promptly-deleted comment on social media,” he continued. “They do not like the way we run Our City, they do not like that we speak up at meetings, and they do not like how you have worked with me in an effort to put you first.”
In a statement made to the Associated Press, Isgro blamed “well-connected and wealthy political elites” for the attempt to remove him from office.
The current issue with the mayor of Waterville seems to reflect the continuing trend of discontentment with the Republican party. As we head into the primaries and midterm elections, a blue wave is anticipated. The effort against Isgro may be signaling the blue wave’s legitimacy.