S.C. Lawmaker Unblocks Critic

After lawsuit was threatened

Patrick Gentry
April 02, 2019 - 11:34 am

A Republican state lawmaker in South Carolina has stopped blocking one of his frequent critics on Facebook after the man threatened to file a lawsuit claiming the lawmaker had limited his freedom of speech.

The State newspaper reports that third-term Rep. Neal Collins of Pickens issued a letter Saturday saying he had lifted his block on Allan Quinn. However, Collins described Quinn as an ``idiot'' and said he will again block Quinn or anyone else whose criticism turns into threats, harassment or profanity.

Collins wrote that he had not suppressed anyone's speech since Quinn continues to criticize Collins on at least nine Facebook pages nearly every day.

Since being unblocked, Quinn and his attorney, Tom Fernandez, have posted on Collins' Facebook page, promising to keep comments respectful.

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