There's this guy. Let's call him Otto. (I was going to use "Bob" but I think I have already used it.)
Months ago, Otto was pissed that Primo wouldn't put up a yard sign for Otto's candidate in the city council election.
He had messaged Primo on facebook to ask if Primo wanted Otto's candidate's yard sign.
Primo had answered, "I'm voting for her but haven't decided whether to publicly endorse. I sat down with [her opponent] and it seems to me that he is quite reasonable."
As in, Primo didn't have strong feelings one way or another about these two candidates because he thought they were both decent.
Otto answered, "Hmmmm. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I rather prefer politicians that commit."
Which fine - Otto is totally allowed to have that opinion.
But then he started trash talking Primo to other people, including one of Primo's really good political friends, who shared everything with Primo. So we know.
Today, this happened.
Otto: are you taking a break from running for office?
Primo: Probably not "taking a break," but I don't have a long-term plan for doing (or not doing) anything specific. Why do you ask?
Otto: Just thinking about you. FWIW - I'm still willing to provide advice, etc. if you begin thinking about candidacy again in the future.
Primo: Thanks. You are a community leader on an important issue. Perhaps we should sit down and talk someday instead of just trading occasional facebook messages.
Me: What a jerk!
Me: "Still" willing to provide advice?
Me: What standing does he have to provide advice anyhow?
Me: Meet with him so I can write about it.