Shafer Gaston is a member of the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee and is married to Saratoga Springs County Supervisor Tara Gaston.
Mr. Gaston maintains a Facebook page. On May third in a thread regarding announced Republican candidate for Commissioner of Public Safety Robin Dalton, someone named Abe Viveros posted a comment in which he referred to her as “That c..t” .
Normally, as the readers of this blog know, I would have put up a screen shot documenting this but in this case I prefer not to. If anyone wants to confirm my accuracy they can visit Mr. Gaston’s Facebook page. The thread was on May 3rd beginning at 9:16 PM.
For those unfamiliar with Facebook, Mr. Gaston controls what goes up on his page and can remove any comments at his discretion.
In courtesy to Mr. Gaston, I emailed him giving him an opportunity to reconsider allowing this remark on his “page.”
He responded by expressing surprise that I was concerned because he could not understand why I would expect him to “prevent someone from saying what they want on a public Facebook page.” He went on to defend Mr. Viveros’ right to say anything he wanted “…as are you and all the other conservatives that come over to whine about being ‘bullied’ when they are being quoted.”
For all my criticisms of Mr. Gaston, I find it hard to believe that there is not some limit to his tolerance for what he allows to appear on his page. For example, I do not think that he would allow someone to publish a comment on his page that referred to Kendall Hicks, who is the Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Public Safety and who is black, using the “N” word.
I looked up the definition of mysogyny using Google and found the following:
“dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.”
It is regrettable that Mr. Gaston does not seem to understand that what he allows on his Facebook page contributes to the debasing of women which is all too common in our society.
To: Shafer Gaston
Date: May 5
Subject: Crude Epithet
On your Facebook page on Friday (May 3) night you allowed someone on your page to refer to Robin Dalton using the C word. People took you to task for allowing this kind of truly odious comment. In the thread you acknowledged the comment and rather than take it down you offered the following response:
“All I have done is posted the words that someone else said, and there are now a tone of people coming out of the woodwork to tell me to be more civil. Maybe I am in fact not cut out for this city.”
As of tonight (Sunday, May. 5th) the comment is still up there.
As the moderator, you control what appears on your page. Can you offer some kind of explanation for why you have allowed this?
To: John Kaufmann
Date: May 5
Subject: Re Crude Epithet
I am uncertain why I am supposed to prevent someone from saying what they want on a public facebook post. Mr. Viveros is free to write what he wants, as are you and all the other conservatives that come over to whine about being ‘bullied’ when they are being quoted. Apparently, someone has somehow bullied a fifteen year old girl as well, and I am somehow a party to that. The Fox News-style theatrics are truly over the top.
I will add you to the growing tally of people who are upset that Robin Dalton said something publicly and I noticed it.
I look forward to seeing you misquote me in your blog.