SALISBURY TWP., Pa. - There were no entourage, no controversy and no weapons. Suspended Gilberton police Chief Mark Kessler arrived at the 69 News studios alone Thursday.
He sat down to tape a half-hour segment for 'Business Matters.' Host Tony Iannelli took aim at second amendment rights and at all of the reasons Kessler has gained fame.
"You've had a lot of attention, national attention, do you ever wonder, wake up some mornings and think how'd I get myself into this thing," Iannelli asked.
"Once in a while," Kessler answered. "Yeah, once in a while, but it is what it is and I don't regret none of it."
Kessler is fighting to keep his job as police chief in Gilberton, Schuylkill Co. He was suspended at the end of July after posting profanity laced gun rights videos online.
"I can see the shock and awe value of those videos did frighten people, but again that's what those videos were specifically designed for, shock and awe," he explained.
A termination hearing for Kessler was halted last week after a handgun belonging to one of his supporters fell on the concrete floor.
Back in the studio, tensions rose when Mike Morrill from Keystone Progress pulled the trigger on his issues with Kessler.
"This is not about being able to shoot guns or have videos, this is about somebody has the temperament to be a police officer," Morrill started.
"That's your opinion," Kessler interrupted.
"No it's the way a police officer should operate," maintained Morrill.
"That's your opinion," Kessler stated.
Kessler acknowledges he'll most likely lose his job. While he waits, he is running a write-in campaign for Schuylkill County sheriff.
"People need to wake up and realize what's going on in our country," added Kessler.
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