Showing up at a public official’s house is not universally acceptable, nor should it be

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Weinstein tweeted on Sunday: “As if getting groceries in a pandemic isn’t hard enough. Legitimate political spouse question: how do I get my @Instacart order when my house is blocked with protesters?”

She also reached out to the local police department—always something that gives me pause—and gave her Instacart shopper a heads up. The professor wrote in periodic updates:

Update 2: They are still there and would like my husband to “be better”. Not sure what metric they are using for better but I can assure you he’s better than any damn politician these men voted for in the last election.

Update 3: and just like that they are gone – patting themselves on the back on a job well done bullying my family into backing down. FYI: we won’t be backing down!

Update 4: my neighbor talked to them and they were very proud to be “CHRISTIAN Veterans” who want my husband to be better for veterans when asked how  … Cricket they didn’t know … btw this is my husband

Weinstein shared a press release announcing the passage of a bill to “allow for the issuing of temporary occupational licenses to active duty service members and their spouses living in Ohio as a result of undergoing a permanent change of station.”

She shared in another tweet: “For those new to Ohio politics, this is also my husband – one of the most vocal opponents fighting against the ‘worst energy bill of the 21st century’ funded by taxpayers & the ‘largest bribery scandal in Ohio history’ orchestrated by @ohiogop”

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A few tweets later, Weinstein changed focuses. “Something about standing for the flag and kneeling for the cross – because every good Christian man knows intimidating my 3 year old is part of his faith and his politics,” she wrote.

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It’s that moment that should inspire any activist and their peers to rethink exactly why they’re showing up on the front lawn of a political figure’s house. And I’m a journalist from the breaking news world, so I’ve spent many an assignment popping up at elected officials’ houses when they’ve been unresponsive to calls and emails. Intent matters.

Excluding situations in which an elected official is accused of a crime, I can’t honestly say I would feel comfortable popping up at the place where someone is raising their children to advocate for a cause, however near and dear that cause is to me. 





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