Adler’s wife steps into the fray

In what sources are calling a strange attempt at intimidation, Shelley Adler, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Adler sent a letter to the Courier Post Thursday threatening a lawsuit over an impending story by reporter Jane Roh.

Shelley Adler apparently wrote the letter in an attempt to stop a story that ran Friday that she thought would be personally damaging to her husband’s reputation.

“It has come to my attention that the Courier Post intends to publish a story by Jane Roh in the next few days regarding my husband’s behavior and demeanor,” the email addressed to two Courier Post editors begins.

“Please be advised that while I have sat back and taken this outrageous behavior from the Courier Post before, I will no longer do so when actions cause the level of personal anguish to my children that any such story would.  I will seek legal redress against Ms. Roh and against the Courier Post and its editors should you publish that story.  I can not stand by and watch you try to destroy my husband’s reputation when your words are totally false.  I intend to protect my family, particularly my four children, who are sickened by the lies that you intend to publish,” the email states.

Sources with knowledge of the letter have confirmed that it was written and sent by Shelley Adler and that it concerned a profile that ran Friday.  It is not known what aspects of the story Adler was objecting to and no lawsuit has been filed.

Earlier this month, Roh broke the story that third party candidate Peter DeStefano was actually a plant by South Jersey Democrats designed to siphon votes away from Republican challenger Jon Runyan.  Roh’s story said sources confirmed that Adler had knowledge of the scheme, a charge the congressman has denied.

The race for the 3rd District has grown more heated by the day as both men have pulled no punches in the campaign. Earlier in the campaign Runyan’s wife also became part of the story as she chased down a photographer who had been standing outside the Runyan home taking pictures.   Loretta Runyan, a former police officer, followed the photographer to Adler headquarters and summoned police.

Courier Post editor Gene Williams said he was unable to comment on the email because of the threat of litigation.

Adler’s camp also did not respond to an email seeking a comment.

 

FULL TEXT OF THE EMAIL FROM SHELLEY ADLER

 Subject: Urgent: My Husband John Adler

Dear Editors,

 It has come to my attention that the Courier Post intends to publish a story by Jane Roh in the next few days regarding my husband’s behavior and demeanor.  It is also my understanding that the Courier Post is going once again to quote one or more unnamed sources allegedly stating harshly derogatory statements regarding his interaction with colleagues and staff members and make these statements the thesis of your story.  It is also my belief, based on past articles and behavior, that Ms. Roh will not use quotations from individuals who would be named and who would make statements contrary to what you would like your story to contain.

Please be advised that while I have sat back and taken this outrageous behavior from the Courier Post before, I will no longer do so when actions cause the level of personal anguish to my children that any such story would.  I will seek legal redress against Ms. Roh and against the Courier Post and its editors should you publish that story.  I can not stand by and watch you try to destroy my husband’s reputation when your words are totally false.  I intend to protect my family, particularly my four children, who are sickened by the lies that you intend to publish.

I would suggest that you have your legal department review the article before it is published.  I am quite familiar with First Amendment legal precedent and know that I will be able to prove a case that survives a motion to dismiss based on the notion that my husband is a public figure.  I am certain that I will be able to prove that your story is knowingly false and is in reckless disregard of the truth.  Please also be advised that my need to protect my children will cause me to seek a number of remedies including, but not limited to, a retraction.  My intention to pursue this litigation is entirely independent of the election this Tuesday.

Please do not respond to me directly or attempt to contact me or my children.  Any such contact should be directed through my husband’s office.  You will also note that I am copying Ms. Roh on this email and I fully understand and expect that the contents of this email may become public. 

Very truly yours,

 

 Shelley Levitan Adler

 

 

Adler’s wife steps into the fray