You'd think a politician would know better than to sign without reading!
Lawmaker Puzzled by Obscenity in Letter
By Sam Hananel
Associated Press, Apr 19, 2006
WASHINGTON - 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 a------."
Emerson says she can't explain how the offensive language made it into the letter, which otherwise reads like a typical response to a citizen's question about last year's testimony of oil executives before the Senate Commerce Committee.
"There is no excuse for this inappropriate letter having been sent, and every apology has been made to the individual who received it," Emerson said in a statement to The Associated Press. "We cannot determine whether the addition to the letter was made by someone within the office or by someone with access to the office, but it is on my letterhead and the responsibility for it lies with me. A valuable lesson has been learned and new procedures will be adopted as a result."
Spokesman Jeff Connor said that Emerson personally signed the letter, dated Feb. 15. She also included a handwritten personal message at the bottom: "PS - please forgive the delay in responding."
The man who received the letter, Bill Jones, of Centerville, Mo., declined to comment when reached by phone at his home Wednesday.
This reminds me of back in high school when one of my brothers got fed up with an English teacher who he was sure never actually read anyone's papers, just sent them back with either an A or a C at the top (no comments) depending on her general impression of the student (he always got A's). So he started liberally sprinkling "Not that you're actually reading any of my inane bullshit, hahaha," etc. though his papers, which kept right on coming back with A's. But this later blew up in his face when he decided to enter one of his papers for her class in a statewide essay contest and forgot to remove the offending portions.
He managed to save his GPA by somehow convincing the principal that the unwarranted grades were the teacher's fault, not his, though he wasn't allowed to edit and re-enter the paper. I always wondered what that teacher's discussion with the principal went like...