Delegate Caputo is a good man who stands on principle and integrity. He is also a spirited defender of the dignity of every West Virginian and was understandably enraged when the Capitol, our temple of democracy, was defiled by the racist drivel shown on an official Republican Party display. The incident reminded many of us of a story from the Christian Bible, where the presence of merchants in a holy temple caused an otherwise peaceful man to lose his temper temporarily.
Delegate Caputo apologized for his actions, and the House of Delegates handled the matter in accordance with its own rules. We believe the filing of criminal charges at this late date is an abuse of the court system and an attempt to divert attention from the failure of the Legislature to accomplish anything of substance under its current leadership.