The crack sleuths at WXIA (a TV station where I sometimes says wise and clever things) set out for State Representative David Stover, but couldn’t seem to find him. The story from reporter Kaitlyn Ross can be viewed at this link. But there’s a twist!
Rep. Stover is not really all that hard to reach after all. Stephen Fowler at GPB News saw the story and did a little digging on his own, to discover that the “missing” State Representative is pretty easy to find. Fowler reported on Twitter: “After doing some digging on… Rep. Stover’s website, I found his cell phone and his in-district address, so this story is likely to get walked back a ton.”
There is no truth to reports that news of Rep. Stover’s location was greeted with audible disappointment from various House leaders. Absolutely none.
And while a walkback of the story by Ms. Ross and WXIA has yet to be seen, Rep. Stover offered a lengthy pushback on his Facebook page.
Refuting what he says are “errors” in the “hit piece,” Stover concludes: “I recognize that as a public official we are subjected to increased scrutiny in our personal lives, but that doesn’t make the errors made in this 11 Alive hit piece true. I will continue to serve my community and welcome your questions.”
(There’s plenty of lively response in the comments below the post, so go participate if you’d like.)
There’s no telling what sparked a reporter’s interest in creating “A State Representative has gone missing!” story. And while cynics may wish that they would all disappear, the truth is that most elected officials are not hard to find -it’s just the good ones that seem to be rare.
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