What your Representative really thinks of you

Last time that I wrote to my Representative, I received a pretty generic form letter in response. And I had sort of assumed — till now that most everyone gets a similar form letter. It turns out, however, that some folks get a somewhat more personalized reply. From the Associated Press (hat tip to reader Marc B):

Nobody expects to get a letter from a member of Congress that ends with an expletive. But that’s what happened when Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., recently corresponded with a resident of her southeast Missouri district. The letter ended with a profane, seven-letter insult beginning with the letter a – “i think you’re an. …”

No word on whether the constituent in question really is an asshole. Meanwhile, reactions have been mixed, with at least some folks loving it. (Not surprisingly, Wonkette loves it.) Which kind of makes you wonder — if this story helps her poll numbers, will copycat politicians everywhere start mailing asshole letters to their constituents?


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4 Responses

  1. PH says:

    That’s pretty clearly a fake, and a poor one at that. Zoom to 400% and check out the excessive spacing before “i” (why would that not be capitalized?), the angle of “asshole” relative to the text, and how the letterforms don’t quite match.

    The full letter is here: http://wid.ap.org/interactives/emerson.pdf

  2. Garrett says:

    Personally I’m not convinced either way, as a fake or not. Probably a secretary’s prank or something.

  3. doug says:

    I admit it, this made me laugh out loud.

    Nonetheless, I can’t believe that it is real. Only the esteemed Cynthia McKinney could pen a final sentence like that. 🙂

  4. logicnazi says:

    The excessive spacing and lack of capitalization certainly don’t make me think it is a fake. I mean it wouldn’t have been any harder to fake with a capital letter and I could move the ‘i’ over to the right place with an image editing program and a few minutes.

    Likely what happened is that some staffers were joking around or just wrote what they really thought in an early draft and then forgot to take it out of the final draft.