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Do the rules of free speech extend to public figures on social media? 

A small group of protesters took aim at Hallowell state Rep. Charlotte Warren this week after she wrote a post on her now-deleted Facebook page that said she thought “straight, white men are too emotional to be in politics.”

The post sparked a debate in Legislature: those for disciplinary action against Warren said that her comment was derogatory and should have consequence, while those against disciplinary action said that the issue was really a matter of Warren exercising her free speech and expressing personal beliefs.

What’s your take? Should politicians be held accountable for the expression of personal beliefs? Do they have the same right to free speech as civilians? Tell us in the comments below.

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