In my department, it has been fairly common to receive mass emails from our department chair about political developments. These emails followed the election last winter, recent executive orders from our current president, as well has his failure to receive a dean appointment at our university. In this question, I am not addressing the political issues themselves, but whether it is appropriate, or not, for an educational administrator to send politically driven emails en masse.
To be frank, though in my opinion, his emails have been very emotional and childish. For example, he sent a mass email about his loss as a candidate to become the dean of a college -it was an emotionally charged correspondence that had an air of whining in it. Likewise, he has sent emails about his distaste with developments in Washington DC. Emails have encouraged students to sign onto a petition. I am a big fan of free speech, but I think this behavior shuts down people with differing opinions than his own; this fosters "group think" sentiments that could be detrimental to maintaining a diversity of ideas. I never experienced this form of behavior in industrial companies/private sector
What sort of guidelines should an administrator follow concerning mass emails that are politically based?
If this behavior is inappropriate, would it be appropriate to address this form of behavior?
If I were to address it, which party or parties would be best to approach?