LETTER: Setting the record straight
To the Editor:
A recent letter by a Neal Tapio supporter mentioned me in two untruthful ways. I'd like to set the record straight. First the writer suggests a lack of authenticity, claiming that, while on the campaign trail I often wear jeans and boots, but that on the bench and as a lawyer I "most likely" wore suits.
It's a laughable statement.
It's true enough that I always wore a suit and tie to court, because it's important for the judge to set the proper tone of decorum in the courtroom. I tried to do just that every day, by what I wore, and more importantly, by how I conducted myself in trying to
administer justice fairly and impartially.
The writer's suggestion that wearing jeans and boots or any other casual clothing might be some sudden practice I've adopted for the campaign is plain wrong. My parents bought me my first pair of boots when I was five and our family lived in Draper and I've owned a pair of boots pretty much ever since. And as someone who's lived nearly his
entire life in small town South Dakota, anyone who knows me can tell you that, when not in court, I've rarely worn either a suit or a tie. I just wear what's comfortable, because I know people accept me as I am.
Second, the writer states as a fact that I've "only had to sign the back of a check, and never the front of one." Again, I'm not sure where the writer got his information, but it's just wrong. As many in the area know, I was a small business owner practicing law for 23 years. During that time I proudly signed the "front side" of plenty of paychecks. I
also represented many small business owners, farmers and ranchers. From those experiences I know well the pressures and burdens small business owners face.
Thanks for the opportunity to set the record straight.
Congressional candidate from Canistota