No one, it seems, is immune from the pitfalls of social media. Not even lawyers. Or maybe especially lawyers.
Case in point: Melissa Stockman Maher, a licensed attorney and city council member from the north metro suburb of Lino Lakes. Following the U.S. House of Representative’s contentious vote to rollback Obamacare, Maher let it rip on the Facebook page of U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer.
“If I were you Emmer, I’d avoid people who have a lot of deadly objects at hand. Selling us all out was not a good plan for your future,” she fumed. “You’re a coward and a party whore.”
After David FitzSimmons, Emmer’s chief of staff, raised a stink about the post (and, evidently, reported it to police), a chastened Maher took to social media again. Her outburst, she acknowledged constituted a “total lapse of judgment.”
“I am embarrassed and appalled at my behavior late at night on Facebook,” she later told the Star Tribune. While she said she has no plans to resign (FitzSimmons’ recommendation), Maher vowed to apologize to Emmer.
According to a 2016 post on Maher’s Linked-In page, she is “transitioning” from her career as a solo practice lawyer and is now a tax advisor.