She's an 18-year-old Kansas City high school senior. Last week, while taking part in a Youth in Government program in Topeka where Kansas governor, Republican Sam Brownback greeted students with a speech.
Emma's not, understandably, much of a Brownback fan.
She particularly dislikes his veto of the Kansas Arts Commission's entire budget (Republicans hate the arts) while arguing that such programs can be privatized and state funds should only go to core government functions.
So, during the greeting, she jokingly tweeted to the 65 friends following her on Twitter:
Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot
Brownback's office monitors social media for mentions of the governor's name (that would be one of those core government functions that is acceptable to fund, evidently), and he didn't like that Emma said he sucked. So his office contacted the Youth in Government program who in turn contacted her principal, Karl R. Krawitz.
Krawitz demanded that Sullivan write the governor a formal letter of apology and turn it in today.
But Emma's not having it.
She has rejected her principal's demand since she says such a letter would not be sincere. In fact, given the opportunity of a do-over for this whole situation, Emma has said she'd do it again.
Emma, who now has nearly 7,000 followers on Twitter as a result of this dust-up, has volunteered to talk with Brownback:
"I think it would be interesting to have a dialogue with him. I don't know if he would do it or not though. And I don't know that he would listen to what I have to say."
However, Brownback's office sees it differently.
Sherriene Jones-Sontag, the governor's spokeswoman, told The Star previously that Sullivan's message wasn't respectful and that it takes mutual respect to "really have a constructive dialogue."
In other words, "Waaaaaahhhhhh."
It's almost like Brownback and his office is going to great lengths to prove Emma's rather astute point - that the Governor of Kansas does suck.
In fact, he even seems less mature than a high school senior at this point.