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Maine Mayor's Parkland Tweet Sparks Calls for Resignation

The calls are growing louder for the mayor of Waterville, Maine, to resign.

Republican Mayor Nick Isgro has come under fire for his tweet about Parkland shooting survivor and gun control advocate David Hogg.

Writing "Eat it, Hogg," Isgro re-posted a tweet about Fox News' president standing behind embattled host Laura Ingraham. She previously mocked Hogg for getting rejected from several colleges. Hogg called for advertisers to boycott Ingraham's show.

"A grown man going after a kid, regardless of the circumstances, is ridiculous," said John DeWitt in Waterville Friday.

An online petition asking Isgro to resign, started by a Democratic political operative, now has more than 4,000 signatures.

Isgro has deleted the tweet and set his Twitter account to private. He did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

City Councilor Winifred Tate said she has had concerns about Isgro's social media before this controversy.

"This is a longstanding pattern of behavior," she said, pointing to previous posts about Muslims, refugees and the Pope. "This does not reflect Waterville and our values."

City Council Chair Steve Soule called Isgro's "Eat it" tweet "unfortunate."

"Students across America are the best voice for change," he said.

While there is a process to initiate a recall election, Waterville's city manager said he has not seen any petition signatures to start that process.

Councilor Tate said she and other councilors are talking about how to move forward.

"I've heard from Democrats, I've heard from Republicans, I've heard from Independents -- they're all very concerned," she said.

While some in Waterville want to see Isgro step down, others felt that was going too far.

"I think what he said was inappropriate, but I don't think it warrants a man losing his job," said Tim Ziobro.

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