Local resident and attorney-about-town Gene Gratz took me to task in last week’s paper (“No Place for Partisanship,” Letters, Aug. 24) for using what he described as the “crude political tool” of “guilt by association” when I criticized Dicterow for aligning himself with right-wing mouth breather Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, based on the fact that Dicterow recently sought and accepted Rohrabacher’s political endorsement and made Rohrabacher the featured guest at his campaign launch party.
First, let me state that I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Gratz’ characterization of Rohrabacher as a “first class jerk” along with all of the other pejoratives Gratz used to describe Rohrabacher in his letter. But, haranguing me for my exercise of “guilt by association” in this matter is absolutely silly! The sole and obvious purpose of Dicterow seeking and accepting the endorsement of “first class jerk” Rohrbacher is to confer a measure of Rohrabacher’s political horsepower onto himself.
So, Mr. Gratz may not like me putting Dicterow in Rohrabacher’s ignorant and extreme rowboat, but it is Dicterow himself who happily climbed aboard and has gotten himself a bit wet and foul-smelling as a result!
Gratz should be questioning candidate Dicterow’s judgment, not mine. After all, I’m not the one who wedded himself to a “first class jerk” as a way to get ahead.
James Dorf, Laguna Beach