At 9:50 a.m., Colorado Springs resident Andrew Dwyer sent Czelatdko an email in which he called her “arrogant” and “boorish,” among other not-so-nice names.
It all has to do with the flying F-bombs.
Here is the full text of Dwyer’s email, which he also sent to The Gazette:
I read your Op-Ed in today’s Gazette, and I congratulate you on keeping it so clean. I know you’re partial to dropping F-bombs, so I think you showed great restraint. Then again, the Op-Ed is a public forum, so maybe that’s why you cleaned it up. Were it a private correspondence, as you’ve demonstrated recently, I’m guessing you would have let the F-bombs fly.
Based on my writing, perhaps you’ll judge me to be a smart-aleck. Fine…color me guilty of “smart-alecktry.”
Based on your writing, I’ll judge you to be intolerant, arrogant, boorish and destructive. Frankly, I can’t imagine a worse description of an elected official. So rather than offering your opinion in Op-Ed pieces, I suggest you focus efforts on resurrecting your reputation. It’s difficult for constituents to grasp a message when they have so little respect for the messenger.
Or maybe I’m one of those people…what do you call them?…oh that’s right…a “(expletive) idiot.”
At 12:52 p.m., Czelatdko responded to Dwyer, who forwarded the response to — you guessed it — The Gazette.
“I’m laughing at the hypocrisy in your response and name calling,” Czelatdko responded.
Less than 15 minutes later, Dwyer fired off another email and — you guessed it — copied The Gazette.
Here is the full text of that email:
There’s no hypocrisy, because I didn’t fault you for being critical. I fault you for being crass and boorish. In my e-mail, I am neither crass nor boorish, but yes, I am highly critical of your behavior, which was crass and boorish. Do you understand why that’s not hypocrisy, or should I explain further?
Calm, reasoned criticism of an elected official’s actions is hardly inappropriate, wouldn’t you agree?
Clearly, using the language you used to communicate with a co-worker is wildly inappropriate and embarrassing. So exactly where is this hypocricy you speak of?
By the way, your first e-mail, where you thanked me for my input…was that an automatic reply? Which reply should I take seriously…the one in which you thank me or the one in which you laugh at me?
I’m concerned that you may not possess the demeanor and decorum to adequately represent your constituents.
Apparently Czelatdko has let it go because Dwyer hasn’t forwarded any more of her emails.
But he did send an email to — you guessed it — The Gazette.
I copied you on my reply because I’m shocked by how Ms. Czelatdko chooses to behave, and I wish there were some way to appropriately convey this behavior in the media or to her constituents. I respect your work, so I share this information with you. At the least, perhaps it provides you with some worthwhile background information.