Jeff Cox talked plenty tough on his now-defunct website and on his twitter feed, where he styles himself as “JCCentCom” — “lawyer/writer/amateur classicist/military historian/runner/dancer/all-around weirdo;…” He’s also the son of an Indianapolis reporter, and up until today, he was a deputy attorney general in Indiana. And for Jeff Cox, it’s all so very unfair.
Cox gave an interview to his dad’s TV station tonight, in which he called his “use live ammunition against the Wisconsin protesters” tweets “satirical,” and his firing “ridiculous.” Said Cox:
“I think this whole situation is a bit ridiculous. Public employees don’t lose their own First Amendment rights, especially on their own time and own resources by virtue of their public employment,” he said. “I think we’re getting down a slippery slope here in terms of silencing people who disagree.”
So let me get this straight. Jeff Cox believes that the First Amendment covers his right to advocate violence against protesters, but not their right to redress their grievances with their government, lest live ammo be used upon them? There has to be more to it than that…
Lawyer Kevin Betz called Cox’s comments appalling and said he thought there could be more repercussions.
“As a lawyer, he should be held to even higher standards,” Betz said. “Potentially, there are disciplinary commission issues that may or not be raised.”
Cox said he believes the Wisconsin protesters have a right to voice their opinions and regrets his choice of words.
“I think, in this day and age, that tweet was not a good idea,” he said. “In terms of that language, I’m not going to use it anymore.”
Ah, now that he’s unemployed and possibly facing bar action, he’s prepared to spread the good old First Amendment around, even to Wisconsans. Thanks, Jeff!
Anyway, I wouldn’t worry too much about Cox’s future. He will likely now become a martyr and hero of the far right, and have a bright future on right wing talk radio, a la “Joe the Plumber” (hey, Joe’s not one anyway, so he could be “Jeff the Plumber…”) on Fox News, tea party hearting CNN or “Dancing With the Stars.”