They say it’s lonely at the top.

Ditto for those holding political office.

Stephenville City Councilman Jerry Warren found out the hard way just how lonely things can get after launching an insult on Facebook.

Warren’s post was aimed at David Baskett who is challenging incumbent Sherry Zachery for place 7.

I won’t repeat the insult, but let’s just say I am crossing my fingers no one starts guessing my weight.

(Insert wide-eyed emoji.)

Full-fledged outrage followed the post, which was quickly deleted, but not quickly enough.

Photos of the insult have been reposted on social media and Warren has received several verbal thwaps.

Then things got worse.

A few of those up for re-election who had aligned themselves with Warren began having those awful doubts. You know, the ones that keep you up at night and make you sweat?

Rhett Harrison was one of them.

Harrison, as you know, is a city councilman representing place 5. He is also up for re-election in May along with Zachery, Doug Svien and Mark McClinton.

After receiving a ton of pressure from citizens to denounce Warren’s social media commentary, Harrison gave Warren a ring.

“I got a call from Rhett Harrison on Tuesday night and he told me he wanted to distance himself from me,” Warren said while sitting in my office. “I shouldn’t have said what I did (about Baskett), but I definitely found out who my friends are.”

With hurt feelings all around, the story just hasn’t gone away.

I spoke to Harrison on the phone Thursday and he said he made the call after receiving several requests to publicly denounce Warren’s Facebook comment.

“Ethical responsibility for Facebook comments lies with the sender,” Harrison said. “I am not accustomed to apologizing for remarks I did not make, nor is it my responsibility to police all of Facebook.

“I have always associated myself with clean campaigns. Campaigns should incorporate  strategy, hard work and execution with a sense of zeal.  Staying on topic of pertinent issues affecting our community are a must. We have important challenges facing this community. I recommend we continue to stay focused on the measures at hand and the importance of this up and coming election to determine who best represents the interests of our citizenry.”

He ended by calling the whole debacle “bizarre.”


Meanwhile, Warren says he is now backing David Baskett, but don’t expect the two to lock pinkies anytime soon.

It’s city politics, after all, and we still have a few weeks to go before it all gets settled.

Stay tuned.

Sara Vanden Berge is the managing editor of the Empire-Tribune and Glen Rose Reporter. She can be reached at 254-965-3124 or Follow her on Twitter @ETeditor.