To the Editor:
The recent stories about Jerry Long have left me wondering. I think we have a right to know what is going on. What did he do? I think the Republican party should tell us, the public, what happened.
Because Jerry Long doesn’t seem to know. He seems to be grasping in the dark. I am aware of the fact that he might be lying. If he is, he should be a politician, because he’s really good at it. He truly doesn’t seem to know.
I do not say this because I support Jerry Long. However, this is America where the accused has the right to face his accuser. You are innocent until proven guilty, not guilty until proven innocent. If she doesn’t want to give her identity out, then make an anonymous statement of what happened. To say, “He needs help,” and not say anything about what happened is suspect. It boarders on the outrageous. The recent climate of just being able to accuse someone, and ruin them is very distressing. Maybe he deserves to be ruined, I don’t know? The fact that the accusation was said to be sexual at first, and then was changed is suspect too — very strange.
He is said to have harassed someone. What does that mean? Did he hurt someone’s feelings? Did he ruin their day? Was it something terrible? What?
The party has the right to withdraw its support under any circumstance. To make a public accusation and nothing more then, that, is suspect. If the party thinks we will accept what they say because they said a third party decided it they are mistaken.
There have been a lot of comments on the internet about the intelligence of the people south of I-80. We are smart enough to need information before we decide to throw someone away. An accusation alone is not enough. What did he do? We the people of his district want to know, and I think we have the right. We’ve heard from Jerry Long, he says he didn’t do anything. So what does the party have to say.
The Republican party should not make public accusations if they can’t, or won’t back them up. They need to put up or shut up. Rauner says he’s better than Madigan, then prove it. Tell us what happened!
Rainy Weigt, Ottawa