An anonymous “#PinkWave” letter was mailed out across East and West Greenwich that viciously attacked Republican incumbent state Rep. Anthony Giarrusso. The email listed on the bottom of the letter is from his Democratic opponent, Mrs. Justine Caldwell.
This strange letter accuses Giarrusso of being a misogynist that failed to attend his sexual harassment training while “women are being sexually harassed everywhere.” This letter was terrible in its own right; getting basic stuff wrong like not knowing Mr. Ramon Perez is a representative, not a senator (they barely know each other too). It calls for a “war against men.” There is also some rambling about men only caring “about sex” too — some baggage?
Caldwell denies the letter was sent from her campaign. She has harped on many of the topics discussed in the letter, however. In a press release, Caldwell says, “clearly written by an opponent attempting to harm my candidacy” (everything is about her after all). She blames it on Giarrusso’s campaign manager: Chuck Newton (this is not a substantiated allegation). This is a bizarre statement considering the letter attacks Giarrusso and supports Caldwell. On Twitter, Caldwell said this letter “spreads the idea feminists hate men.”
While feminists don’t “hate men,” some of Caldwell’s friends and surrogates don’t seem to like men very much. Former Senate candidate Mrs. Mel Dupont of Smithfield is known for spewing displeasure of men. Caldwell has donated to Dupont’s campaign in the past all the while Dupont rambles on about men on social media.
To say that Caldwell hasn’t condoned attacks based on gender is disingenuous. Dupont seems to have even gone so far as encouraging this letter by saying in a Tweet, “WE DON’T TALK NICE ANYMORE. #stupidfucks” (a classy statement if I ever read one especially from a former Senate candidate — sarcasm). This particular brand of feminism is appalling.
As Democrats, we need to raise the bar. I’ve expressed concerns about Caldwell’s behavior and it fell on deaf ears (Caldwell supporter Bob Plain calls me a Giarrusso supporter for discovering her husband David Caldwell had four warrants out for his arrest in Ohio — #winning). Whether she did or did not write this awful letter, Caldwell’s actions speak volumes. She is more interested in blaming everyone and anyone than condemning this terrible attack on Giarrusso.
No one should be treated this way – party or gender indifferent. It is unfortunate Caldwell seems more concerned about herself than this horrendous attack on another human being. This letter was wrong and hurtful. You can support gender diversity and be appalled by these tactics as I am today.
Let’s instead focus on making Rhode Island a better place. There is a lot at stake. Rhode Island is too small a state to be so abundant in so much hate.