Apparently, I pushed the buttons of the anonymous flamethrower behind the website JacquesBarack, which is published and operated by a supporter of Von Jennings, who is currently running for Mayor of Alexandria.
Considering the content posted by this supporter, I asked Ms. Jennings to publicly and permanently distance herself from the website. Since it launched in February, on an almost daily basis, the website has published ridiculous, hateful, and defamatory accusations against a number of public officials and private citizens, ostensibly in an effort to promote and establish Ms. Jennings’s candidacy. It hasn’t been pretty, and it’s certainly not befitting of someone who seeks to become Mayor.
So, I simply asked Ms. Jennings to respond to this, and instead, I received a direct response from the anonymous publisher of the website, who refers to me as “Fetal Freddy” (more on that, later).
First though, I respect anonymity whenever it is backed up by integrity, but when anonymity is used as a vehicle to launch baseless personal attacks and defame, ridicule, and harass others for the purpose of advancing a specific candidate for a specific office, it’s nothing more than an exercise in public cowardice. It should definitively demonstrate an attempt at circumventing accountability and transparency; it is inherently dishonest.
And considering that this is all apparently being done by a person who (anonymously) supports Von Jennings, I think it is absolutely appropriate and responsible to ask the candidate herself to respond.
Instead, it appears as if the anonymous blogger is prepared and willing to act as a surrogate. To me, that’s telling.
Let me get to the meat of this: