MHAs file RNC complaint against Twitter troll
Speculation that troll account @WackJobNL could have ties to politicians
Terra Nova MHA Colin Holloway and Harbour Grace-Port de Grave MHA Pam Parsons have jointly filed a complaint to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary regarding anonymous Twitter troll account @WackJobNL.
Holloway and Parsons both Liberal MHAs - were at RNC Headquarters on Tuesday, May1, to file the complaint, which they say the RNC has accepted, and an investigation has begun, according to Holloway.
Holloway says over the weekend, tweets from the account spoke about himself and Parsons “leaking like a Bay Roberts sewer.”
More than that, Holloway says the tweets came off as threatening to himself and Parsons, which prompted the complaint to be filed with police.
There is some speculation about whether or not the account has ties to any current or former MHAs.
“We’re trying to figure out how close this person is to us and if there’s any real concern,” said Holloway.
Parsons says the pattern of tweets from the account is disturbing.
“If you look back, it’s very specifically targeted at certain politicians. First of all, it targets the NDP - a lot of hate tweets against the NDP. Also, hate has gone out about Paul Davis and the PCs,” Parsons said.
“So, it’s someone who seems to know or have followed closely politicians and the like.”
Neither Parsons nor Holloway speculated about who is behind the account.
Holloway says he has received two death threats since taking office. He says he discussed the threats with the RCMP.
Holloway and Parsons also filed formal complaints with Premier Dwight Ball and Commissioner of Legislative Standards Bruce Chaulk against former Liberal cabinet ministers Eddie Joyce and Dale Kirby the day before they visited RNC Headquarters.
Holloway didn’t say the exact nature of the complaints, only that they are similar to those previously filed against the two - harassment, but not sexual or physical in nature.
Holloway also filed formal complaints with Chaulk against Opposition Leader Paul Davis and Gerry Rogers, alleging they spread false information to the media on Monday.
While the exact nature of the complaints against Davis and Rogers is different than those against Joyce and Kirby, when the complaints came forth against Joyce and Kirby, they faced immediate consequences.