This letter is addressed to Representative Anthony Giarrusso. First, I want to preface this by saying that I don’t know either you or Mrs. Justine Caldwell personally. I have no prior relationship with either of you that would bias this comment.
I would like to express my extreme disappointment in you and/or your campaign for your response to the obviously fraudulent “pinkwave” letter. The letter itself, I think we can all agree, is absurd and deplorable. It seems to me that there are two plausible sources for it. I don’t believe it likely that either campaign would produce this letter directly. The Giarrusso campaign would be vilified for such a tactic and the letter is so poorly-written, sensationalist and obviously incendiary towards voters coveted by Mrs. Caldwell, that believing it could be from her campaign is nearly impossible. Insinuating that any voter of marginal intelligence could read this letter and believe it authentic strains credulity. Therefore, we are left with some person or group supporting one of the two campaigns as potential sources. At this point both sides claim that they are unaware of any entity producing this letter. For a moment, let’s assume both honest and uninvolved in the letter’s creation and distribution.
Concentrating on what we know, then. Mr. Giarrusso, I find your proliferation of this letter and its accompanying message distasteful and hypocritical. Without first reaching out to your opponent’s campaign or verifying any source for this material, you emailed many residents, appeared on talk radio and posted to social media blaming Mrs. Caldwell and her campaign. This is completely irresponsible if not reprehensible. You didn’t extend her or her campaign the basic courtesy that I would expect of any member of this community, the opportunity to refute a hurtful claim directly before you promoted it. As a longtime resident and politician, I would think you have more respect for people and the political process than you are currently displaying. You claim to have contempt for this kind of politics and dirty tactics, you cry out and rail as a victim and protest this egregious attack on your character, but at this moment, sir, you are the only one we can clearly see demonstrating the type of behavior you allegedly detest. In your continued promotion of this letter you are proving yourself to be the worst kind of political animal and a hypocrite. All of your pining for decency sounds empty in this context. You should be embarrassed by this behavior. It is not becoming of a supposed leader in this community or the person who would like to represent this district. If you truly want to bring some dignity into this process, then you should measure your responses and not attempt to exploit the fantastical for political gain without any regard to the reputation of your opponent or the decorum of the political process. You claim that you want to restore civility in your district, or at least be a part of that restoration, but actions and words like yours only show anyone having the slightest bit of sense that you aren’t the right person to facilitate that process. I hear many of your supporters extol your virtues, but unless you are incredibly obtuse or ignorant to the point of incapability on this matter, I cannot believe that the man they praise is the same one I am observing now.
Christopher J. Fluehr