Missouri mayor resigns over ongoing Facebook attacks

Photo by: Courtesy of city of Lexington

LEXINGTON, Mo. – The mayor of a Missouri town resigned Tuesday, citing hatred, attacks, and lies about him on Facebook.

Lexington Mayor Fred Wiedner wrote an open letter to the city saying the job was no longer worth the battle.

“I did not sign up for this mess. Or, possibly I did and just didn’t realize how mean people could be,” the letter said.

Wiedner said the trouble began in February when the City Council voted to fire the city administrator, a popular longtime resident. Wiedner said he is comparatively new to town and the public blamed him.

The situation led to continued social media criticism that he decided he didn’t want to spend time defending, Wiedner said.

Lexington, about 50 miles (80.46 kilometers) east of Kansas City, has fewer than 5,000 residents.

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