J.DeanVT 
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Re: “Democrat Ryan Emerson Withdraws from Race for Ward 2 City Council Seat

The leaps and inferences we're willing to make to dilute what are so clearly disturbing and horrific facts never cease to amaze. I'm ashamed to see the lengths we go to justify behavior simply because there is a (D) next to his name. The truth is few of us, save for his victims and those close to him, knew any of this but took him at his word when he stepped forward as a potential voice for our community. And yet we continue to take his word, even now? It's frightening to see some so quickly and adamantly minimize the impact and significance of his actions.

This is not some challenge he's had to overcome, he is not the victim here. He had a choice when he attacked with a hammer or pulled a knife. His victims, on the other hand, did not.

Sure, I understand second chances, but I would not want my daughter anywhere near this man. And no, he will not have my vote should he choose to ever run again.

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Posted by J.DeanVT on 02/20/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Democrat Ryan Emerson Withdraws from Race for Ward 2 City Council Seat

While I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments calling for discretion regarding the victims’ identities, I feel compelled to voice my disgust not with the article, but with the actions of this man, as this view seems to have been largely overlooked here and on social media forums.

This doesn't sound to me like an unfortunate "mistake made in his teenage years." Rather, this is a heartbreaking example of dangerous and sociopathic violence towards women that far exceeds behavior that we should accept from anyone, never mind someone who would seek to represent our community while espousing progressive ideals of feminism, equality, and advocacy.

Those who would stand behind him indeed disrespect the victims of Mr. Emerson’s attacks far more than the author of this article does in reciting information that is public record. While ugly, these stories need to be told, both to shame these abusers and to protect and empower the often forgotten victims.

It’s a safe, if not certain, bet that this is not the only woman Mr. Emerson has terrorized in this way, and I would imagine with a little more digging Ms. Freese could add several enlightening addendums to this very scary story.

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Posted by J.DeanVT on 02/18/2014 at 5:22 PM

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