To the Editor:
I’m writing you because Joe Tirio is wasting everyone’s time with his recent lawsuit. If you read this paper, then you know that Tirio sued because of a “malicious” campaign flyer.
The flyer portrayed Tirio with a mask on and called him “Crooked Joe.”
When you peel back the onion, however, you begin to realize that this lawsuit shouldn’t have been brought in the first place.
Tirio said in his lawsuit that the flyers intended to “maliciously” harm him, and he alleges defamation.
If the attacks were so malicious and constituted defamation, then why, on March 18, at a Republican fundraiser, did Tirio put on the same mask portrayed in the flyers just in case, quote, “You don’t recognize me from the recent publicity I’ve been getting!” The crowd then laughed with him at his joke.
Tirio’s behavior was hardly that of someone reeling from a malicious attack.
Honestly, Tirio should sue because he was portrayed to look like The Hamburgler more than a malicious political hooligan. No reasonable person who looked at the flyers would take them seriously.
I’m probably not alone in wanting to put the past two years of politics behind me and am reminded by wisdom from my late grandfather who once said, “Don’t give life to dead situations.”
Joe, please do what you promised and eliminate wasteful government.
This whole sideshow is a waste of time and does nothing to help taxpayers.