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GOP Maine mayor facing recall vote over tweet mocking Parkland survivor

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The GOP mayor of a city in Maine is facing a recall vote over a tweet he posted last month mocking Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg.

Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro, who was elected to a second term in November, could be removed from office if the recall effort, led by a former Democratic mayor, is successful, the The Associated Press reported.

Isgro last month shared a tweet about Fox News expressing support for host Laura Ingraham amid the advertiser boycott that Hogg started.

“Eat it, Hogg,” Isgro wrote, amid a feud between the conservative news personality and the 18-year-old student who has become a prominent gun control activist.

{mosads}After Ingraham mocked Hogg in a tweet over his college rejections, Hogg called on his Twitter followers to boycott her advertisers, prompting nearly two dozen companies to stop running ads on “The Ingraham Angle.”

Isgro’s tweet did not remain public, according to the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. However, at the time, a group called Waterville Republicans, which is not an official GOP group, shared a screenshot of Isgro’s tweet and called on Isgro to apologize.

“As [Second Amendment] 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,” an unidentified person behind the Twitter feed wrote. “Mr. Mayor, apologize.”

Democrats were also quick to criticize the tweet. Isgro’s Twitter feed is now private, but he acknowledged the tweet in a Facebook post criticizing the recall effort on Thursday.

“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, speaking to his supporters. “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.”

To the AP, Isgro blamed “well-connected and wealthy political elites” for the attempt to remove him from office.

Tags David Hogg; Laura Ingraham; Fox News; Parkland Parkland Florida school shooting

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