A Georgia Republican local lawmaker just went too far when a former colleague criticized his support for Civil War Monuments on Facebook. He warned a former Democratic colleague that she wouldn’t be “met with torches but something a lot more definitive” if she continues to call for the removal of statues in south Georgia.
State Rep. Jason Spencer also wrote in his response to former state Rep. LaDawn Jones that “people in South Georgia are people of action, not drama.” Then he finished his rant by suggesting that those who don’t understand “will go missing in the Okefenokee.”
Spencer gave this final warning, “Too many necks they are red around here,” he wrote. “Don’t say I didn’t warn you about ’em.”
Jones, who represented a district based in Atlanta from 2012 to 2016 responded that she believed his response was a “threat of physical violence.” She retaliated with words of hope, that future generations would abandon a “we are better than them” mentality.
“Enjoy but know … WINTER IS COMING,” wrote Jones, who is black. “You know it too … otherwise you wouldn’t have found a need to even make this post or those hollow threats of not coming to south GA.”
Spencer tried to defend his remarks saying that they weren’t a threat but a “warning to her of how people can behave about this issue.”
“She is from Atlanta – and the rest of Georgia sees this issue very differently,” said Spencer. He was elected in 2010 to represent southeast Georgia. Spencer continued his defense, “Just trying to keep her safe if she decided to come down and raise hell about the memorial in the back yards of folks who will see this as an unwelcome aggression from the left.”
Jones said in an interview that she sat next to Spencer for four years in the Georgia House and they developed a friendly, but sometimes testy, relationship.
“If it were anybody other than Jason Spencer, then I would be alarmed. But we had a unique relationship in the Georgia Legislature,” said Jones. “If that had come from anybody else, I’d take it as a serious threat.” But Jones did add that she was “concerned” by his reaction.
“Because if that’s representative of what people in south Georgia think, then yikes.”
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