Mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart’s campaign manager, Neil Monckton, is desperately attempting to scrub the internet of mentions of union support for his guy. And it seems to be working.
In it the two are discussing a tweet that Jagger sent out. Monckton says “You need to take that tweet down because you are libelling Kennedy Stewart”. Apparently it was “the one where you imply that there are campaign workers being paid by labour unions working on our campaign”.
The conversation gets a bit testier as the campaign manager refuses to give a direct answer to whether or not the statement is true, then the recording ends after he says he’s “not going to fuck around anymore here” and threatens to “follow up, with a stronger, you know, kind of, uh, approach”.
According to Jagger, Stewart’s campaign manager called his office late at night, then again the next morning, demanding to speak to him about the offending tweet. While maybe he got a fact slightly wrong, the spirit of that tweet seems to be very close to the truth of what’s happening in terms of them getting support from local unions.
Regardless, since when are people commenting on the election legally barred from “implying” things in a tweet? Since never.
Kennedy Stewart’s campaign’s attempt to muzzle this private citizen by bullying him over the phone seems to have worked, however; the man’s tweet appears to be gone.
If Stewart wins the election we may see this Monckton character as the mayor’s chief of staff. If he decides to make a habit of threatening people who tweet not-so-nice things about his boss he’s going to need to hire about 30 full-time assistants to help him with that task.
Transcript below, in case you’re on transit without headphones:
Jagger: “Hello? is that Neil?”
Jagger: “It’s Mike Jagger, returning your call.”
Monckton: “Hey Mike. You need to take that tweet down because you are libelling Kennedy Stewart.”
Jagger: “Oh, which one?”
Monckton: “The one where you imply that there are campaign workers being paid by labour unions working on our campaign.”
Jagger: “Oh, is that not true?”
Monckton: “I’m telling you that you are libelling Kennedy Stewart, so you need to take that down and I want you to do that right away please.”
Jagger: “Is it, is it untrue?”
Monckton: “If I’m telling you that you are libelling, I think you can figure it out what it is, is what I’m telling you. So take it down, because you are libelling him.”
Jagger: “Which… I’m just confused, I’m trying to understand which part is libelling?”
Monckton: “You’re confused?”
Monckton: “Yeah. You’re confused. But I cant help your confusion. When you say that there are organizers paid by unions, working on his campaign, you are libelling him.”
Jagger: “Because you are saying that’s untrue?”
Monckton: “Mike, I’m not going to fuck around anymore here. Just take it down, or I’m going to have to, follow up, with a stronger, you know, kind of, uh, approach.”