Shadrack McGill: Wife's Facebook post result of strippers coming to house, Facebook hacks from last campaign
04 June 2013
A Facebook post by the wife of Alabama Sen. Shadrack McGill on Monday night was prompted by incidents during McGill's last legislative campaign, including one in which two strippers showed up at his home in the middle of the night, McGill told AL.com Tuesday.
"As we get into the campaign season, we have concern whether we'll have to deal with that kind of thing again," Sen. McGill told AL.com Tuesday.
On Monday, McGill's wife, Heather, wrote in a Facebook post that women had used the social network to approach her husband "multiple times" since his election in 2010, and warned those women to stay away, or face public scorn. She asked that women stop sending pictures to her husband's account.
"Next time everyone will know who you are!!" McGill wrote. "For I will publicly share your name before we 'unfriend' you."
Sen. McGill, R-Woodville, said Tuesday that her wife's frustrations "kind of built up from even the campaign," in 2010, when McGill ran against and defeated then-Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe.
"During the campaign, we had two strippers come to my house at 1 o'clock in the morning," Sen. McGill said. He said the women were beating on the door.
"Me and my wife both got up to address the situation. They did inform me that they were strippers at a particular club in Huntsville," Sen. McGill said. He declined to name the women's place of employment, or to speculate about why the women came to his door. (He did, jokingly, say they were there due to "car trouble.")
"In my 35 years, I've never had that happen," McGill said.
In another situation, Sen. McGill said he saw a woman in the parking lot at his place of business. He sent employees out to talk to her, he said. "She thought she had a flat tire and wanted her tire looked at, but she did not have a flat tire."
McGill said the woman handed his employees a business card that said she was from a strip club.
The trouble didn't end with the campaign, Sen. McGill said. "Shortly after taking office, a couple of times my Facebook was hijacked and women sent me pictures of themselves half-naked, saying, 'I had a great time last night with Shadrack McGill.' That sort of thing."
"She has a legitimate concern about that sort of thing getting worse, and Facebook being one of the mediums for that happening," Sen. McGill said of his wife. "I'm proud of her; she has a lot of wisdom and when she prays about something and gets a certain direction on her mind, she's very bold about addressing it."
Sen. McGill said he does not use his Facebook account very often – Heather McGill and a secretary generally handle his Facebook account, he said.
McGill noted that he thanked his wife, Heather, in the comments of her Facebook post.
"Thank you my dear loving help mate for doing some much needed house keeping on our face book page," Sen. McGill wrote. "You are a wise woman and If you were running for my senate seat, I would vote for you babe."
"She is a strong woman and a protector of the family. It's a shame that you have to monitor your child picking up your phone, or your Facebook or whatever."
"Facebook is a very resourceful tool for getting your message out, free-of-charge basically, to a wide variety of people, and I appreciate that," McGill said. "But, as more and more of this country deals with a moral decline, it may be that I have to get rid of my Facebook account due to the moral issue that has become with using it."
As of noon Tuesday, more than 300 had "liked" Heather McGill's post on her husband's profile, and dozens had offered their support.