Ok, so I decided I should use my one letter to the editor this fall to try to discredit a local candidate who is a real schmuck. I’ll spare you the back story, or at least as much as possible. Here is the letter. It’s about how he didn’t pay his property taxes on time and how I think that should disqualify him from claiming that he’ll be a “good steward of our tax money” since he shows contempt for legal obligations. He and his wife are Purdue area slumlords who own many rental properties so they make tons of money off students and are angry at things like overcrowding ordinances being enforced against them. They also hate anything having to do with social welfare–but they’re really good “Christians” and pillars of their community.
So this morning I get a call from the candidate himself. He’s furious about my letter and threatening to sue me for slander. I try to tell him that he’s got it all wrong; it’s libel he wants to go for here, because what I said was in written form, but he’s not listening to me; he’s too busy pointing out that he’s lived here for 62 years. What’s your point? I ask. He says that he’s lived here his life. I say have you paid your taxes every year? Do you deny failing to pay them or failing to pay them on time? He won’t say. He demands to know how long I have lived here. He starts yelling at me. I tell him we have nothing further to discuss. I hang up on him when he won’t stop yelling. I promptly send a note to all the local Democrats about this exchange. I also call the newspaper, in the hopes that this incident will persuade them not to endorse him, but I’m told they’ve already made their endorsements, which will appear tomorrow.
Here is a picture of this bully, just so you can have a visual: