LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Carper should have related to Kavanaugh’s plight

The following is an open letter to Sen. Tom Carper:

I read with interest the exchange with your Republican opponent in the recent debate for the Senate. When you were questioned about the allegation that you were involved in a domestic violence incident quite a few years ago, you acknowledged that in fact it did occur and that it was a one-time occurrence. You said then that nothing like that has happened since and you were very regretful that it happened at all.

Everything you said is admirable and we should realize that people make mistakes and forgiveness is in order. You said you’ve never done that since. Even your ex-wife’s family vouched for your character.

This brings me to the point of my letter. As a sitting senator you voted against the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, presumably because of a claim of misbehavior.

In Judge Kavanaugh’s case, there was only an uncorroborated allegation of wrongdoing which was vehemently denied by the accused. As opposed to you, there was no admission and the Constitution you swore to uphold demands you presume his innocence until proven otherwise.

He related and gave examples of how he has lived his personal life which was exemplary as shown by associates and friends. His judicial experience and professional conduct was also exemplary as testified to by his colleagues on the bench and his assistants.

It seems to me that you above all other senators should have related to his situation. You acknowledged wrongdoing and asked for forgiveness based on your life since then. It seems forgiveness has been forthcoming.

How could you vote against the judge when in fact he was guilty of nothing at all compared to the facts surrounding you? Why would you not extend to him what you ask others to extend to you especially since your culpability is not merely alleged but admitted?

It seems to me that you are either very insensitive to others and are not willing to extend to others what you ask for yourself. Did you lack the moral backbone to do what you had to know in your heart was the correct thing? Could you not stand against your party although you had to know it was the right thing to do? Are you acting from conscience or acting as a minion of the political machine putting the interests of the country secondary?

I think the voters in Delaware should look at this with a very critical eye and decide if you are insensitive to others or simply afraid to do what is correct. In either case I think you may not be worthy to represent the people of Delaware.

Frank Massuli

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