Want an example of a classy response to a scurrilous attack? Check out Dane County Supv. Brett Hulsey's reply to mean-spirited comments made by Jim Brigham, vice president of the Dane County Deputy Sheriff's Association.
"Brett doesn't like cops," claimed Brigham in an email to Capital Times reporter Steven Elbow, who posted it online. "In other words, he's got a grudge." (Actually the grudge holder here was clearly Brigham, upset that Hulsey helped broker a deal that included a pay cut for deputies.)
Hulsey wrote a remarkably temperate response letter (PDF) to deputies, saying this attack "seems unnecessarily personal" as well as inaccurate. He noted that alcoholic members of his family have in the past been busted for driving under the influence, adding, "I cannot thank the arresting law enforcement officers enough for forcing them to deal with their disease and get help."