2001-09-08 / Letters

But, You Said You Cared!

But, You Said You Cared!

Dear Editor;

Nobody likes to be called a liar, especially when he or she is a candidate for public office. In last week’s Bag of Mail, I was accused of lying when I said that Democratic candidate for mayor, Peter Vallone, endorsed me. Let me set the record straight.

I met Peter Vallone in May at the Rockaway Park Homeowners-Residents’ general meeting, and we discovered that we had similar political philosophies. The following week, after discussions with one of his senior staff members, we agreed to carry each other’s petitions, and the staff members told me he would support my candidacy.

As weeks went by, our candidacies became even more entwined. At Vallone’s staff’s invitation we set up, and shared expenses for, campaign headquarters above the Snug Harbor Restaurant. At that point I anticipated that Vallone’s formal endorsement of my candidacy was imminent. It was based upon the belief that to days later, on a questionnaire at a DC 37 endorsement interview, I wrote that Peter Vallone endorsed me. My feeling was, how can you share an office with someone, and carry each other’s petition, and not be endorsed by him? I’ll tell you how. As a neophyte in politics, I interpreted Vallone’s gestures and his staff’s verbalization of support as an endorsement.

When his staff kept saying "support", I kept equating it with "endorse". At this moment, I am "supported" by Peter Vallone, whatever that mean.

I have learned a life lesson that all women can recognize-this is not the first time that a woman misinterpreted a man’s actions, perhaps expecting a dozen roses and receiving a waffle iron, nor will it be the last.




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