Bob Schaffer being done no favors by son’s Facebook page

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Politicians need to keep a lockdown on their kids’ Facebook pages. Seriously. The latest scandal du jour is about Colorado GOP candidate Bob Schaffer’s son’s Facebook page, which mentions some things that should have been kept to himself.

According to Wonkette and ColoradoPols, Justin Schaffer has pulled off some things that might seem funny (well, among white people), but really aren’t that good at all.

Colorado Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer has a son, you see, and he is 19 years old and in trouble for putting funny images on his Facebook page, like one that shows a picture of the three pyramids in Egypt with the caption, “Slavery Gets Shit Done.” Well, it’s true, right? Do you think people owned other human beings so they could watch them flop around all day? He also has a bunch of pictures of Barack Obama as a Muslim. Well, it’s true, right?

Of course, the Denver Post has an even worse catalog of what was going down.

Opponents of Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer have found political fodder in his 19-year-old son’s Facebook page, which shows a picture of Barack Obama over the caption “High five . . .. who’s gay” and another picture that reads “Slavery gets shit done.”

Schaffer said he was prepared to talk about his campaign, not his children, but he did say that he and his wife had set out “firm punishment” for their son, Justin, over the issue.

Justin Schaffer attends the University of Dayton, and the page was apparently widely accessible to students there.

Justin Schaffer issued a written apology late Monday:

“The offensive materials directly contradict the values that my parents taught me and are forbidden in my parents’ home. My Facebook page is my sole responsibility . . .”

“It is clear that my actions were juvenile, disrespectful, and a mistake on my part,” the statement said.

Although much of the material had been removed from the page by Monday night, a mirror image of an earlier version was posted on a website called Schafferfamilyvalues.com.

The page indicates that among the virtual groups that Justin Schaffer participated in was one called “Pole Dancers for Jesus.” One image on the Facebook page shows a machine-gun-toting Jesus in front of a Confederate flag, the caption reading “What would a Republican Jesus Do?”

It’s all fine and good that the kid apologized and the candidate said he’d punish him, but the damage has been done. Bob Schaffer should have had a talk with his son when he was going to make this run that Justin needed to clean up his profile and put in some privacy settings.

After all, this has already happened numerous times, including to Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-1), whose daughter Caroline was a sorority girl at the University of Texas and had extremely hot pictures of her dancing at a mixer plastered hither and yon.

We’ve also had our own issues here in South Carolina with Atty. Gen. Henry McMaster’s kids. There were the homoerotic drunken antics with his son…
…and the KA brothers posting extensively about how awesome his then-high school aged daughter was to party with.
Candidates, talk to your kids. It’s not hard. Otherwise you’ve got this shit to deal with while your opponent picks up in the polls.

Colorado GOP Senate Candidate’s Son Has Funny Racist Facebook Page [Wonkette]
Justin Schaffer: Slavery Does NOT “Get Shit Done” [ColoradoPols]


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