A top Utah
prosecutor faces disciplinary action after sending a profane, threatening email to a local council member, telling him to "kindly die" for ringing the prosecutor's doorbell while he was sleeping.
Darin Mano, a member of the Salt Lake City
Council, told the Salt Lake Tribune that he had just finished canvassing homes in his district for an upcoming election
when he received the disturbing email from Assistant Attorney General Steven Wuthrich.
Wuthrich wrote in the email, which Mano shared on Facebook
, that he, his wife, and their downstairs tenant were all sleeping with a "no soliciting" sign on the front door when "some motherfucking ignorant son-of-a-bitch rang our doorbell and put your piece of shit unwanted solicitation in our door waking the dogs
and waking us and the neighbors with an uproar."
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“I will do everything in my power to ensure you never get elected to any office higher than dog catcher,” the email stated, before expressing “hate” for Mano’s family and political supporters and inviting him to “kindly die and go to hell motherfucker!!!!
Mano, who is openly gay and is running to become the first Asian American
elected lawmaker in Salt Lake City after being appointed to fill a vacancy in 2020, said the extreme anger directed at his family was the most hurtful.
“There’s a photo in the materials I dropped off that shows my partner and our kids,” he explained to the Tribune, “and we’re a family that’s a little out of the ordinary for Utah.”
Wuthrich apologized to local news
outlets and said he regrets his actions.
“No parent, spouse, or child
should be subjected to such emotional outbursts,” he said, adding, “I am taking steps to examine my reaction and find ways to ensure that this never happens again.”
“I wish Mr. Mano well in his official capacity and campaign,” Wuthrich says in his statement.
On Thursday, a spokesperson for the attorney general's office told Stardia that they are "evaluating the situation for disciplinary action."
Following Wuthrich's apology
, Mano issued the following statement: "I appreciate Mr. Wuthrich's apology, especially the assurance that my family is safe... I am still Mr. Wuthrich's representative, and the invitation to hear his views about Salt Lake City and District 5 remains open."
When Facebook users questioned Mano about Wuthrich's "no soliciting" sign, he argued that political canvassing "isn't actually a form of solicitation" because "political candidates are protected under federal law and free speech
." Mano also stated that "regardless, [Wuthrich's] reaction was inappropriate."
The American Civil Liberties Union
has agreed that political canvassing is protected by the First Amendment
; however, canvassers must respect a homeowner's wishes not to be disturbed if they have a "no canvassers" or "no solicitors" sign, according to the organization.