Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer admits to "stupid" behaviour when insulting Coleman
After CityCaucus.com broke the story on Thursday night about Andrea Reimer's insulting Twitter post about Minister Rich Coleman, there certainly was a lot of attention paid by Vancouver's media to this story. The crack team at CKNW were first off the mark, getting quotes from both Reimer and Rich Coleman on Thursday night before both hit the sack.
The always nimble 24hrs Vancouver managed to get some ink in their paper before Friday's edition went to the presses. CTV BC's website has this print story with interesting comments from readers, and of course there is the great video story by GlobalTV's Rumina Daya from Friday night's broadcast.
From what we're hearing, Andrea Reimer was left to twist in the wind on this one. It was such a poorly timed embarrassment for Robertson, who was mid-flight drinking champaign on a military jet with the Olympic flame while this issue arose, that no one from the Vision team would come to her aid. Judging by the Global clip, it looks like Reimer hadn't slept the night before.
While some were trying to position Reimer's actions as a matter of "privacy," most realize that it's about politics and personal judgment. Reimer lashed out because she is in accord with David Eby on the question of whether homeless people should have the right to freeze themselves outdoors during extreme weather.
Reimer used her Twitter and Facebook as a public stage for her opinions, not a private message sent to supporters. She has been humbled hard for her actions, and with good reason. Vancouver voters will have to add this to their checklist in 2011 when deciding if this is the kind of person they want representing them on council, should she decide to run again.
UPDATE: CBC reports on this story