Information & Perspective by Warren Woodward
(December 17, 2014)
About 30 people spoke at the recent “smart” meter meeting at the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). For some reason, the ACC chairman, Bob Stump, has chosen to single out one of them for the benefit of his Twitter subscribers.
Not once but twice, Bob Stump has sent out “tweets” calling attention to Floris Freshman who spoke wearing a hat she made herself to shield her head from EMF.
No other person at the meeting received this attention from Stump. Why?
I think it’s a fair guess that Stump is taking delight in calling attention to Floris and her “bicycle helmet covered in aluminum” for the purpose of ridicule.
Floris told Stump during her testimony that she had suffered head trauma, and gave her reasons for wearing the hat. For that she gets singled out for public ridicule by the chairman of the ACC? How sick is that?
Even if Stump thinks her hat is funny, is it right for the chairman of the ACC to call public attention to it? Isn’t that rather undignified, immature and disrespectful for someone in his position?
How does it encourage people to take part in the political process and exercise freedom of speech? Many people are nervous enough to come forward and speak. What sort of message is Stump sending to Arizonans? ‘Come to my meetings and I’ll make fun of you?’ Is that it?
For his juvenile, uninformed harassment of Dr. Martin Blank – a man with two PhDs, one in physical chemistry and one in colloid science – I wrote previously that Stump came off like an obnoxious brat. This recent Stump episode only confirms my assessment.
Republicans, other ACC commissioners, indeed all Arizonans should be embarrassed to have someone so lacking in decorum in charge of their elected regulatory agency.
Stump, resign. You are unfit. You are unbecoming of the office you hold.
PS – Here’s how Stump defines himself at his Twitter account:
Chair, Phoenix Opera/AZ Corporation Commission; ‘candidate to watch’ – National Journal; ‘a dashing tuxedoed figure’ – AZ Republic; AZ-NYC-DC. RT ≠ endorsement
“A dashing tuxedoed figure”? Are you kidding me? Why not just put “Look at me; I’m wonderful.”
A “candidate to watch”? Uh, I think I’ve watched enough, thank you.
Mr. Stump’s actions as described by the OP witness the traits of a personality usually referred to as that of a bully. His Twitter account self assessment would typically be referred to as that of a narcissist.
I agree with the OP, Mr. Stump is a person whose vast capabilities must be urgently needed elsewhere. Perhaps in California.