Utah AG aide apologizes for sending angry email to SLC city councilor for campaigning at his home
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A Utah assistant attorney general has apologized for sending a hateful email to a member of Salt Lake City council after being awakened during a nap on Saturday.
While door-to-door on Saturday, Darin Mano apparently ticked Steven Wuthrich, an assistant in the Utah attorney general’s office.
“It was surprising and shocking,” Mano said.
After being yelled at after searching for a registered voter at Wuthrich’s home, Mano said Wuthrich sent an email filled with profanity complaining that he had been woken up from a “nice nap” despite a sign of non-solicitation.
The email reads: “I will do everything in my power to ensure that you are never elected to a position higher than [a] dog catcher. I hate you. I hate your family… please die and go to hell mom [expletive]”.
“The phrase that bothered me the most wasn’t the ‘please die and go somewhere.’ It was “I hate your family”. It was the most hurtful. The last thing I want to do is put my family at risk or make my family a target in any way, ”Mano said.
After having been appointed to replace the council seat of current Mayor Erin Mendenhall in 2020, Mano is campaign to be the first Asian American elected to Salt Lake City Council. Mano is also a member of the LGBTQ + community and a father of four.
“It was hard not to wonder why this email was so particularly aggressive,” Mano said.
In a statement to FOX 13, Wuthrich writes:
“Last Saturday I was awakened from a nap and reacted with undue anger based solely on the interruption of my tranquility. Since then, I have regretted the ferocity and language of this email. My words were uncivil and unprofessional. Personally, I apologize to Salt Lake City Councilor Darin Mano and his family. I never wished harm on Mr. Mano, his family or anyone associated with him. No parent, spouse or child should be subjected to such emotional outbursts. I am deeply sorry.
“This email was my sole responsibility and had nothing to do with my employer. The consequences of my conduct are mine alone. I wish Mr. Mano good luck in his official duties and campaign.
“I am taking steps to examine my reaction and find ways to make sure nothing like this happens again.”
In response, Mano made this statement:
“I appreciate Mr. Wurthrich’s apologies, especially the reassurance that my family is safe. I will leave it to Mr. Wuthrich’s employer and the Bar to decide on any disciplinary action. This is not my place. Each of us can and should improve for the sake of benevolence and fairness in order to build a safe and inclusive community for all. Hope this has been a learning experience for all of us that we need to slow down, think before we react and treat each other with kindness and respect. I am still Mr. Wuthrich’s representative and the invitation to hear his perspective on Salt Lake City and District 5 remains open.
A statement from the Utah Attorney General’s office said the office takes this type of situation very seriously and that they are determining what should happen next.