Or so I hope. I haven’t heard from Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s lawyer since Monday, and I haven’t been served with any papers this week. Prior to the primary, I received several more e-mails imploring me to retract my statements before it was too late, but I’ve received nothing since. I’m assuming that Chappelle-Nadal, having now won the state senate seat, has wisely decided to back away from pressing her lawsuit against me.
It’s probably a really good decision, considering that she already won her race, she wouldn’t win the lawsuit (truth is an absolute defense), and she would only draw further attention to her lie. In fact, I wondered why she would even bother to lie or threaten a lawsuit in the first place, given that she was very confident in her victory at the polls, and the target of her lie trailed her badly in her estimation at the time and in the final tally.
In any event, we won’t shrink from calling people liars, even if they have good progressive voting records. A lie is a lie, no matter who tells it. I fear that Maria Chappelle-Nadal may learned that lying won’t cost her a victory, but I hope that in the future she will know not to threaten people who disagree with her or call her out on her behavior. And it is my earnest hope that Maria Chappelle-Nadal grows up a little in the Senate and manages to accomplish something for the residents of her district.