Normally, as the wife of an elected official, I would not take the extraordinary step of writing a letter to the editor to respond to a news story. And normally, my family would not take the extraordinary step of bringing action against a blogger for libel ("Website removes claims about Gatto," Oct. 28).
However, the tactics of my husband's opponents during this campaign have been so over-the-top that I believe we must take the steps that are necessary to protect our family and its integrity.
During the course of this campaign, we have seen our family car smashed up with a baseball bat and paint poured all over it. We have endured a cameraman following us around with an obsession that was shocking even to veterans used to rough-and-tumble politics.
My husband's female staff had to seek a restraining order against someone who threatened them, just so they could go to work and do their jobs. And we have seen extremist blogs feed the fire by posting nasty, untrue stories with alarming regularity. Each day, the stories' tenor and pitch would get more extreme, and more grounded in fantasy.