I’m known to periodically toss around a personal barb or two in the heat of the moment. One thing I don’t think I’ve ever done or seen done by those “in my flock” is publicly make fun of a cancer survivor. Last night during some Twitter perusing I got into it with well known John Kasich hack (and possible paid political consultant?) The Hinch Group.

It’s unclear who the person twittering is on this account – they may like us have more than one person doing it so I’ll wait for someone to personally own up to this before accusing them. It may be Hinch Group founder Hinch Knece or known astroturfing college kid Colton Henson‘s big brother who is rumored to work at the Hinch Group. Colton can surely clear this up for us in comments.

Whoever it is obviously stepped in it here. While watching primary election coverage last night on TV I noticed Debbie Wasserman-Schultz doing commentary from the left. The Hinch Group twitterer must have noticed this as well as they posted this on Twitter:

For the uninitiated, Wasserman-Schultz is a cancer survivor and she suffered through seven operations including a double mastectomy. Questioning the sex of a woman who had to have both breasts removed to save her life is one of the most disgusting political attacks I’ve seen in some time. Especially for someone representing the campaign of someone who wants to be the Governor of Ohio. I’d love to know what the Kasich campaign thinks of such statements, but I’m sure they’d deflect it and claim they don’t work with Hinch or his “group”. Maybe someone in the “real media” can ask him. I’m sure they wouldn’t take my call.

It’s curious then that the mission of The Hinch Group is to:

help shape the mission, objectives, and tactics of today’s political and non-profit campaigns, especially when harnessed with the power of the Internet.

It’s also curious that they list kasichforohio.com (official campaign site of gubernatorial candidate John Kasich) as a current project on their site.

I call on the Hinch Group to issue a public apology in the same forum they issued the attack and for the Kasich group to repudiate the comment and disavow any ties to The Hinch Group. Disgusting attacks like these should be countered forcefully and publicly.

Stay classy Hinch Group. Stay classy.

  • modernesquire

    Outrageous. Thanks for catching this, Eric. I think a certain political consultant group is about to get their contract cancelled.

  • Anastasjoy

    It's not only cruel., but it's phenomenally sexist. They may also have been referring to her very outspoken, aggressive style which I'm sure gives some right-wing men the vapors.

  • All I know is, I am not in anyway related to this, and wonder why I am being brought up in this post.

    I also find it curious that a blog at routinely makes fun of a persons speech impediment, shamelessly outed a mans sexuality and a few other “not-so-moral” postings and personal records can have the gull to post about who is being classy.

    Also, I went to the site and read where it says, “Volunteer E-county coordinator” for Kasich… hmmm… learn to read…

    Thanks for the mention though, Eric, no matter how unrelated. I appreciate you making it clear that I am on the other side of the spectrum.

    Have a great day, guys.

  • Modern Esquire

    You too, Colton the Astroturfing Kasich Intern.

    Find one post where I did any of the things you mentioned. Find one where we questioned a cancer survivor's GENDER because of the surgeries she's had in order to live.

    Not once in your rambling comment did you actually address the issue of this post. Do you support or condemn what John Kasich's campaign consultant said about a cancer survivor?

  • I am not saying you personally said any of those things, but who is to know since multiple people use the same twitter feed.

    I think you should condemn people using the same Twitter feed as you, mocking a person's speech impediment, and in the past that same person's weight.

    It is not my responsibility to regulate what people that I have no control over say on the internet.

    My responsibility is to make sure that my name is not having mud splashed upon it for nothing I said.

  • Hey Colton. Sorry for the delay in my response. I was seeing a chiropractor. Earlier today I threw my back out laughing. Who knew you could even DO that?

    You were for sure an aside in this post, the substance of which I notice you are unable or unwilling to address.

    It would be very easy for you to give us your take on this attack on Wasserman-Schultz and to clear up any confusion related to a family member of yours working for Hinch.

    The curious thing is you did neither.

  • Let me also add that yes, I have over the course of the last 5 years or so made fun of Matt and our partisanship often becomes personal. What you don’t mention is his provoking such activity. You’d be right to suggest that two wrongs don’t make a right and I do try hard to bite my tongue. Matt has continually made false allegations in his characterization of me in order to put me in a bad light (pot smoking hippie, etc) knowing these things are complete fabrications. He’s even gone so far as to claim at one point in a post that I “was unhappy in my marriage”. Yeah, WTF indeed.

    Hell, the guy even threatened to run me over in his truck in an email. It’s hard not to come at someone personally who does that, but I do try. The stuttering stuff is self evident and is not at all a falsehood, but Matt probably doesn’t deserve to be made fun over something that he can’t easily control. It would be like making fun of someone with a bladder control problem for pissing themselves.

    So Matt if you’re listening I’m sorry buddy. Wasn’t right.

    However, drawing a comparison between anyone here calling Naugle fat or a stuttering retard is a far cry from someone who supposedly represents a campaign (we don’t) disgustingly attacking an elected official (Matt is not). False equivalence looks quite nice on you. I must say.

    PS – I know you’re a stickler for this kind of thing: It’s gall, not gull. A gull (often informally called seagull) is a bird in the family Laridae. They are most closely related to the terns (family Sternidae) and only distantly related to auks, skimmers, and more distantly to the waders. Enjoy your evening. Hugs.

  • modernesquire

    Um, no dice. He's a consultant with a campaign you work for. You and he went and posed as “protestors” at a Strickland event TOGETHER and then tweeted about it TOGETHER. Stop this phony arms lengths crap. It doesn't fly.

    You can also stop the false equivalency of making fun of someone's weight with publicly questioning whether a double mastocomy patient/cancer survivor was “born a woman?”

    This group works for your campaign and you've worked closely with it.

    Third try?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been to a chiropractor. My fave part is when they spread that greasy jelly stuff all over my back and proceeded to poke and prod with a silver stick that looks like the thing a catholic priest uses to sprinkle holy water. It tingles.

  • dude. hate to break it to you but i don’t think that was a chiropractor. 😉

  • Ryan883

    I don’t agree with almost anything the Hinch group promotes…. I’m a VERY lefty liberal… However I know Hinch Knece personally and I like him very much. I can guarantee you no one on his site was questioning anything to do with the congresswoman’s sexual status. It was a sarcastic joke, probably making fun of the fact that congresswoman Schultz isn’t the most attractive woman in the world. I hate everything that Hinch Group works for, but GO HINCH! LOL – Ryan

  • Listen. This Hinch may be the most awesomest dude on the planet, but this was a disgusting attack that showed very little knowledge of the attacked and a breathtaking political tone deafness. Even if I concede that he was only making fun of her looks, it’s just bad. If you are a political consultant you should know to stay away from such a comment or don’t make it to begin with. You’ll note no comment from the actual person who made the comment nor any kind of apology of the same.

    Sewer rate might taste like pumpkin pie, but I’d never know ’cause I wouldn’t eat the filthy motherfucker. – SL Jackson

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