Upset about the use of her "personal" Facebook postings on this blog, Kellie Greene has barred me from her news release list serv and said I'm not welcome at her events.
Ms. Greene is vying for the Republican and Conservative nominations for Congress to take on Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh. Many Republican figures in the north country, though, already have a candidate that they've settled on: Matt Doheny, a Watertown businessman.
Some of those same folks have sent me screen shots of her Facebook postings that could be damaging to her campaign. Here's my rationale for using them: She has entered the race for Congress; she's a public figure. Open and shut case for a reporter.
The first thing that was discussed on this blog is an argument that she had with Jude Seymour, Mr. Doheny's spokesman (this was actually an example of a non-Doheny supporter sending me a tip); then, it was her support for Paul Babeau, a sheriff in Arizona who is in hot water over allegations that he threatened to have his illegal immigrant lover deported if he went public with the nature of their relationship. Mr. Babeau has denied the charges. Ms. Greene, an Oswego native, moved to Sackets Harbor after eight years of living in Arizona.
On Sunday, I posted a comment that she made about "pissing off the GOP" by running as an independent. About a week ago, she posted that she didn't want the media perusing her private Facebook page.
I informed her campaign that I wouldn't agree to that restriction.
Here was the response from Ms. Greene:
"Let's be clear...you didn't see anything directly because you are blocked on my facebook page! And rest assured Brian that you have now been removed from my media contact list and will not be included on any press releases and you are not welcome at any of my events....I deal with responsible journalists but clearly you don't know the meaning of either word. Don't contact me or my campaign again!"
A Republican primary takes place on June 26; petitioning starts tomorrow.
Ms. Greene is not respond to my question about whether all Times journalists were barred, or just this one.