Edwards Statement

Statement from Edwards regarding Amanda and Shakespeare’s Sister…

“The tone and the sentiment of some of Amanda Marcotte’s and Melissa
McEwan’s posts personally offended me. It’s not how I talk to people,
and it’s not how I expect the people who work for me to talk to people.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but that kind of intolerant
language will not be permitted from anyone on my campaign, whether it’s
intended as satire, humor, or anything else. But I also believe in
giving everyone a fair shake. I’ve talked to Amanda and Melissa; they
have both assured me that it was never their intention to malign
anyone’s faith, and I take them at their word. We’re beginning a great
debate about the future of our country, and we can’t let it be
hijacked. It will take discipline, focus, and courage to build the
America we believe in.”

Looks like he didn’t cave…good for him.

Links to Amanda and Shakespeare’s Sister’s statements Here

9 thoughts on “Edwards Statement

  1. Whoa! loudmouthed young people in junior non-policy appointments??
    shocking!
    I mean, as great as what the ARE doing is, it’s not like they’re in the very top echelon of the campaign.. or on the ticket.

  2. That was a disappointing response by Edwards. Far better to have gone on the attack against the blog comments by his critics. Then, he should have said both of these bloggers are well qualified for the jobs he gave them, and he is sure they will do those jobs very well. It isn’t good practice to publicly criticize those you have just hired. At the very least it indicates that you don’t take your job seriously enough to find out what your hires have done in the past before offering them a job.

  3. Pretty darn weak if you ask me. I’m personally offended that religious bigots and homophobes are utterly controlling the terms of our public discourse, but that doesn’t even register on the map.

  4. this response is acceptable. this is southern gentleman. this is what the sheeple like to think they are.
    blogging is not for everyone. lots of sheeple like nice nice.only the select few prefer snark.less like GOOD snark.

  5. I think he did what he had to do – go down the middle of the road. It would have been gratifying if he’d taken a stronger stance, and he definitely should have not allowed an entire news cycle to go past before coming out with a statement.
    But all of this is going to cost him- he did the right thing but not in a strong way.

  6. Count me as one among the disappointed.
    Why should he allow these people to tell him who he can and cannot hire? Good God, this is Michelle Malkin talking about civility, and William Donohue, neither of whom could remotely be characterized as decent human beings, let alone spokespeople for any reasonable viewpoint.
    “Personally offended”? Jeez, what is this, a white glove tea party? Get real, John: either stand up for your people or don’t hire them in the first place, but don’t slap them in public and then say that you’re still standing by them.

  7. It’s a start.
    But he needs to find his spine and stand for his people. How the hell does he expect to speak for the poorer of his two Americas if he can’t stand up for his own employees?

  8. I didn’t follow the whole run up to this, but I just saw in the comments both praise for Edward for standing by them as well as disappointment from some with his response.
    Also what was interesting was the trolls in the Edwards blogs.
    They wouldn’t have been happy with ANY thing other than Firing those two and even then, He never should have hired them. Now they get to have the label “controversial” added to their label in the mainstream press when the are on the news. When we notice that can we please also say, “The controversial” in front of Donahoue too? Thank you.
    That is all.
    And this bull about nasty speech. It’s not like she is saying that on a regulated medium like you know RADIO or TV.
    Unlike some people we know.
    Don’t forget that.

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