Hey Zipitup--can I nominate you for a Profile in Courage in the "Anonymous Name-calling" category? By the way, do you approve of Smith going over to that woman's house, twice?
Courageously put, "theonlysanepersonintheworld." I'm sure that's your real name.
Crowsby, you haven't addressed that Mr. Theriault still wants Jefferson Smith to remain in Portland politics. He explicitly wrote that in his article on Smith musing about moving away. If Smith runs for City Council or something else in the years to come, and Theriault writes some blather about how Smith's "learned from his mistakes" and "grown as a person and a candidate," just remember you read it here first. By the way, I'm not a fan of Hales either, I voted for Chris O'Connor (because he's a friend, not because Theriault endorsed him).
He also wants Jefferson Smith to remain involved in Portland politics. And Theriault's also a guy who
* dismissed the significance of Smith hitting a woman
* criticized the Oregonian and WW for reporting it
* has consistently ignored, now minimized the creepiness of Smith trying to silence her, and
* wrote that Portland, even after all we've learned about Smith, still "needs" him.
You're a shill, Mr. Theriault. The most recent evidence is when you wrote that Smith "showed up at her house this fall to try to talk to her about it." No he didn't, he showed up immediately after he realized the police report was going to be made public, to get her to clam up or make a statement forgiving him. If he just wanted to talk to her, he had 20 years to do that. The fact that he reacted that way, incidentally, proves that he lied when he said that he couldn't remember details about the incident, he obviously remembered enough to realize the police report was damaging. And the only role you've played in all this is to slam the Oregonian and Willamette Week for reporting on it in the first place--remembered that editorial you wrote where you invited readers to tell you why this incident in Smith's past matters? Well, we've been telling you why it matters, but you've decided to stop listening--you ignored my last letter.
Mr. Theriault, why didn't you mention that Mr. Smith went over to the victim's house twice to bully her into remaining silent? Why in the name of sanity do you think Portland "needs" a horrible person like that? And why have you consistently criticized the Willamette Week and Oregonian for doing their jobs and reporting on his behavior? Neil Anderson
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