A prosecutor with the Utah Attorney General’s Office says he reacted with "undue anger" when he sent a vulgar email to a Salt Lake City Council member who knocked on his door while campaigning.
Assistant Utah Attorney General Steve Wuthrich sent the email to Council Member Darin Mano on Saturday. It states in part:
I have a no soliciting sign on my door for a reason. On a nice Saturday afternoon myself and my wife and my downstairs tenant were all taking a lovely siesta when some [expletive] ignorant [expletive] rang our doorbell and put your piece of [expletive] unwanted solicitation in our door waking the dogs and waking us and the neighbors with an uproar."
I will do everything in my power to see you never get elected to any office higher than dog catcher. I hate you, I hate your family, I hate your solicitors, I hate your contributors, I hate your sponsors. Kindly die and go to hell [expletive].”
Mano says he was shocked to see content of the email and even more shocked when he looked up Wuthrich and saw he was a state prosecutor. He said in a Facebook post that he perceived the email as hate speech.
“I would hope that anyone who is in a position of power, who is paid by the taxpayers, understands that they are held to a higher standard,” Mano told 2News. “It’s one thing to say ‘please don’t reach out to me, I don’t want to talk to you,' it’s another thing to say I hate you, I hate your family, I hope you die — that’s where I think it crosses the line.”
In a statement Tuesday night, Wuthrich apologized for the email:
"Last Saturday I was awakened from a nap and reacted with undue anger based solely on the interruption to my tranquility. Since then I have regretted the ferocity and language of that email. My words were uncivil and unprofessional. From me personally I apologize to Salt Lake City Councilman Darin Mano and his family. I never wished harm to Mr. Mano, his family or anyone associated with him. No parent, spouse or child should be subjected to such emotional outbursts. I am deeply sorry.
That email was my sole responsibility and had nothing to do with my employer. The consequences for my conduct are mine alone. I wish Mr. Mano well in his official capacity and campaign.
I am taking steps to examine my reaction and find ways to ensure nothing like this ever happens again."
Mano responded Tuesday night to Wuthrich’s apology, saying he hopes this whole ordeal will be a learning experience:
“I appreciate the apology from Mr. Wuthrich, particularly the assurance that my family is safe. I will leave it up to Mr. Wuthrich’s employer and the bar association to decide on any disciplinary actions. That is not my place. Each of us can and must improve ourselves with an eye toward kindness and equity in order to build a safe and inclusive community for all. I’m hopeful this has been a learning experience for us all that we need to slow down, think before we react, and treat each other with kindness and respect. I am still Mr. Wuthrich’s representative and the invitation to hear his views about Salt Lake City and District 5 remains open.”