Ari Armstrong's Letter to Doug Dean
October 28, 1999
Dear Representative Dean,
I understand you are not very happy with a recent article I wrote about some of your comments. Fair enough. However, I wanted to clear up some possible misunderstandings about the matter.
First, I got your letter in an open e-mail, and you explicitly wrote in that letter that it is a public document. Specifically, you wrote, "Feel free to copy and distribute this e-mail to anyone you think may benefit from it." In addition, if you sent the e-mail from your House account, it is automatically public record.
Second, I did not write the article because of Dudley Brown. He and I had precisely no interaction concerning the matter before I wrote the article. I'm not in anybody's pocket. I write what I write because I believe it to be the truth, not because of what anyone else says or pressures me to do. I have cooperated with Dudley Brown on some issues, and I have also criticized Dudley Brown on some issues. In general, I do what I think best to advance human liberty.
Third, I did not intend the article as an attack on your character. Rather, I took specific issue with your specific comments. You might note that I wrote that you "deserve credit" for all the times you have stood up for gun rights. In addition, in several sections of the article I was speaking generally about politicians generally, and not about you specifically. I have said publicly and will say publicly whenever asked that I think you're a great guy and a good representative. However, I disagree with your recent comments and may legitimately say so.
I will be happy to publish your reply along with the original article. Please know that I honestly intended the article to serve only as constructive criticism. Our disagreement of opinion is an honest one. I'm more than willing to consider your point of view, and I hope this ends amicably.