A local man recently elected to the Manhattan-Ogden school board has asked the president of the Kansas State Rifle Association to resign following publication of his address and comments he said he viewed as aggressive on a Facebook page.
Aaron Estabrook, who was elected to the board in April and who will take his seat in July, sought the resignation of Association president Patricia Stoneking.
The address and comments were posted on the Kansas Frontiersman Facebook page by James R. Miller Jr., identified as a member of the organization. Estabrook said he learned that Stoneking provided his address to Miller
In an email to The Mercury, Estabrook said a participant in a Facebook page affiliated with an organization called the Moderate Party, which he is involved with, had engaged in a debate with one of the members of the Frontiersman’s page.
His awareness of that led him to the site and the discovery of his personal information being posted.
“Initially, I got out of bed, read the posts and noticed that Patricia Stoneking was the person that was actually providing my home address,” Estabrook said.
“I sent her a private message that read, ‘Don’t ever mention my wife or family in your political witch hunts.”
At the same time, he acknowledged that his home address and photo had been printed on numerous publicly available documents due to his having run for political office. Prior to winning a school board seat, he was an unsuccessful candidate for the 67th District seat in the Kansas Legislature.
Estabrook said the Stoneking post was up for about a week.
Stoneking told the Topeka Capital Journal that “My comment with the contact information was in response to the overall thread and that is the context in which it was posted and not in relation to any comment made by others. That is a ridiculous assertion.” She said several others posted the same information “and even more.”
Estabrook said that he believes “gun owners do deserve responsible leadership from the KSRA,” but asserted “this falls well short of that threshold.”