I think we can all agree that Roger Zurn's recent actions were inappropriate, and he should have realized that attempts at humor can be dangerous in today's politically correct world.
But I find it ironic that some casting verbal stones at Mr. Zurn (R) are also those with a few skeletons in their own closets. One of the recent critics is Juli Briskman (D), a county supervisor with her own checkered past.
We first learned of her in 2017 when she made national news by "flipping off" President Donald Trump's motorcade as it passed her. Apparently her own lapse of judgement does not disqualify her from holding elected office and from passing judgement against other elected officials, especially if they belong to a different political party. Given her own past, her remarks about Mr. Zurn are especially hypocritical.
Also, consider that the top three elected officials in Virginia have all been accused of either racial bigotry or sexual misconduct. Our esteemed governor says his racist yearbook photos are a mistake, and he has no idea why his nickname was "coonman" when he was in school. Apparently these sins -- which seem to be much more serious than Mr. Zurn's -- have not forced the governor or these other officials out of office.
Elected officials should be held to a higher standard, but is should be applied fairly regardless of political affiliation. If they are unfit to serve, they should be removed from office, regardless of their party. But let's hold all of them to the same standard and not give any of them a pass based on the letter next to their name on the ballot.
We should all be wary of the current "cancel culture" that seeks to destroy others based on one unfortunate misdeed or remark. If this was adopted universally and applied equally, we would have no leaders because we have all had an occasional "Zurn moment."