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Utah's assistant AG apologizes for email telling city council member to 'kindly go to hell and die'

Utah's Assistant Attorney General Steven A. Wuthric has apologized for sending a foul-mouthed email to a Salt Lake City council member telling him to 'kindly go to hell and die motherf***er' after the politician disturbed his nap by knocking on his door. 

Wuthric sent the scathing email to City Council member Darin Mano Saturday telling him he had been enjoying a 'lovely siesta' before he was awoken by the council member canvassing in the neighborhood. 

He told Mano 'I hate your family' and warned that he will 'do everything in my power to see you never get elected to any office higher than dog catcher.'

The prosecutor has since issued an apology after Mano, who is Asian American and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, posted the expletive-ridden email on Facebook and condemned it as 'hate speech.'

Mano said he rang Wuthric's doorbell and moved on when he received no reply.  

Utah's Assistant Attorney General Steven A. Wuthric (left) has apologized for sending a foul-mouthed email to a Salt Lake City council member Darin Mano (right) telling him to 'kindly go to hell and die motherf***er' after the politician disturbed his nap by knocking on his door

'On a nice Saturday afternoon, myself and my wife were downstairs when some mother f***ing ignorant son-of-b**** rang our doorbell and put your piece of s*** unwanted solicitation in our door waking the dogs and waking us and the neighbors with an uproar,' Wuthrich wrote in the email.

'I will do everything in my power to see you never get elected to any office higher than dog catcher.' 

Wuthrich then continued by reeling off his 'hate' of Mano, his family, campaign team and his supporters.

'I hate you, I hate your family, I hate your solicitors, I hate your contributors, I hate your sponsors, ' he wrote. 

The assistant AG closed out the email with: 'Kindly go to hell and die motherf***er.'

Mano shared the vulgar message on his Facebook page Monday, revealing it popped in his inbox after a day of canvassing. 

'After a day of canvassing and trying to reach my constituents in District 5, I came home to this hateful email,' he said. 

The council member, who currently serves District 5 on the Salt Lake City Council and is seeking reelection, said he felt the need to stand up against hate speech.  

'As an Asian American and member of the LGBTQ+ community, I must stand up against hate speech and call it out when I see it,' he said. 

'As a City Councilmember and a candidate running for election, it's my duty to reach my constituents, listen to what is important to them and make informed decisions. There's no room for hate in our city.'  

The council member told ABC4 he was most upset about the attacks toward his family in the email. 

Wuthric sent the scathing email (above) to City Council member Darin Mano Saturday telling him 'I hate your family'

Mano, who is Asian American and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, posted the expletive-ridden email on Facebook and condemned it as 'hate speech'

'You'd think the 'I hope you die' would be the most shocking piece, but the most shocking is the 'I hate your family part.' Because that was the flyer we were giving out,' he said.

'It had a picture of our family on it. To have hate directed towards us, that was the hardest part,' Mano said. 

The council member said, while the email did not specify his race, he especially felt the need to speak out given the recent rise in hate crimes targeting Asian-Americans.

Wuthrich issued a statement Tuesday apologizing for the email and putting his 'undue anger' down to him being woken from his nap.

He described the disturbance as an 'interruption to my tranquility.'  

'Last Saturday I was awakened from a nap and reacted with undue anger based solely on the interruption to my tranquility,' he said in a statement shared with ABC4. 

The council member told ABC4 he was most upset about the attacks toward his family in the email as he said he had to speak out given the recent rise in hate crimes targeting Asian-Americans

He said he 'regretted the ferocity and language' he used and insisted he 'never wished harm' on Mano or his family.

'Since then I have regretted the ferocity and language of that email. My words were uncivil and unprofessional,' he said. 

'From me personally I apologize to Salt Lake City Councilman Darin Mano and his family. 

'I never wished harm to Mr. Mano, his family or anyone associated with him. No parent, spouse or child should be subjected to such emotional outbursts. I am deeply sorry.'

Wuthrich said his outburst was nothing to do with the AG's office.  

'That email was my sole responsibility and had nothing to do with my employer. The consequences for my conduct are mine alone,' he said.

'I wish Mr. Mano well in his official capacity and campaign. I am taking steps to examine my reaction and find ways to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.' 

Mano released a statement saying he 'appreciate[s] the apology particularly the assurance that my family is safe.' 

'I'm hopeful this has been a learning experience for us all that we need to slow down, think before we react, and treat each other with kindness and respect,' he said. 

Mano released a statement saying he 'appreciate[s] the apology particularly the assurance that my family is safe'

'I am still Mr. Wuthrich's representative and the invitation to hear his views about Salt Lake City and District 5 remains open.'

Mano added that he would leave any disciplinary action up to Wuthrich's employer and the bar association. 

DailyMail.com has reached out to Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes' office to ask whether any action has been taken against the prosecutor over the incident.

Mano was appointed to the city council in January 2020, making him the first Asian American to sit on the Salt Lake City council.

He is seeking reelection this November.  

He filled Mayor Erin Mendenhall's former seat so this marks the first time he will feature on the ballot.   

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