I’m writing because of the dispute that you and Barack Obama are having. I feel it is inappropriate for you to take such an aggressive stance towards the comments made by David Geffen. Mr. Obama cannot be held responsible for the comments of a private citizen any more than you can be held responsible for comments your supporters make. Despite Mr. Geffen’s involvement in fund raising for the Obama campaign, he is still not speaking for Mr. Obama when he criticizes you.
I have been very satisfied with your performance as my senator here in New York State, but this incident has shaken my support for your campaign. You can certainly re-engage me in the future, but for now, I will not be supporting you until your rhetoric refocuses on the issues. Instead of focusing your outrage on a political rival, you should be engaging Mr. Obama on the issues. Save that outrage for Mr. Geffen, he deserves it for the personal nature of his comments.