Wednesday, November 8, 2017
"Website Targets Mount Pleasant Resident & Local Activist"
"A local activist in Mount Pleasant has gone public about a website she says is targeting her for being outspoken about village operations and elected officials.
"Kelly Gallaher is well known in political circles in Racine County and has openly butted heads with leadership in Mount Pleasant for years. In May, a website called Let’s Make a Better Mt. Pleasant was started, and in the months since, the majority of the posts on this website have taken aim at Gallaher. It has also focused on Trustees Ken Otwaska, Gary Feest and Jon Hansen. In October alone, the website published six posts, all focused on Gallaher.
"The name of the blog is a play on the Facebook page Gallaher and other residents of Mount Pleasant created a couple of years ago: A Better Mt. Pleasant.
"Who’s the author remains a question"
"Gallaher told Racine County Eye she believes Village President David DeGroot is behind the blog, but she has no proof. Gallaher concedes that because the author is anonymous it could be anyone.
"DeGroot denied having anything to do with Let’s Make a Better Mt. Pleasant or knowing anything about the site.
"'I have no idea what she's 'talking about,' he said, adding that he doesn’t have time to read or care about the website.
"Gallaher said she contacted law enforcement about the website and its harassment of her, but because the comments are delivered through a public online venue and not directly to her through notes, emails or voicemail messages, there is no legal recourse.
"'The laws in Wisconsin have not kept up with technology,' Gallaher added. 'That means we can’t get a subpoena to find the owner of the website to get them to stop.'
Read more: https://www.racinecountyeye.com/website-targets-mount-pleasant-resident-local-activist/