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Posted: 7/3/2002 8:43:47 AM EST
[url]http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/710254/posts[/url] On June 25, the Arab-American community should have learned a valuable political lesson--talk softly and carry a big stick. For months, almost all the leading Arab-American organizations, from the more respectable (only by comparison) Arab-American Institute (AAI) to the virulently anti-Israel American Muslim Council (AMC), and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), loudly trumpeted their support for Earl Hilliard, a black Democratic Representative for Alabama. Numerous fundraising gatherings were announced, with Arab Americans exhorted to contribute. By comparison, Jewish organizations and groupsÑobviously more sensitive to federal prohibitions against overt politicking and fundraising by educational and charitable organizationsÑremained mum. But individual members spoke instead with their checkbooks, by supporting HilliardÕs primary opponentÑArtur Davis, a Harvard-educated attorney, who is also an African-American. Despite DavisÕ superior qualifications and the experience he gained in losing to Hilliard in a previous under-funded campaign, DavisÕ impressive 56-44% win still must be considered something of an upset. It obviously must have shocked the Israel-bashers at the CAIR, who, with straight faces given their own considerable efforts on behalf of the loser, angrily charged, in their release-Òthe pro-Israel lobby buys Alabama seat.Ó And the AAIÕs indefatigable James ZogbyÑafter previously declaring that this was one race the Arab-American community had to winÑreversed himself, claiming, ÒThis is not a test of our clout versus their clout.Ó But this was a contest where there was a clear-cut distinction between the candidatesÕ position on the Middle East. And in this one, the good guys won.
Link Posted: 7/3/2002 8:47:38 AM EST
I would think nowadays having even moderate muslims backing you would really hurt you ion the polls if the public found out. Looks like I was right Keving67
Link Posted: 7/3/2002 9:37:43 AM EST
Kinda reminds me of when Nixon was running against Kennedy. Khrushchev(with tongue in cheek)held up campaign buttons of both parties and asked if either would like him to wear theirs!
Link Posted: 7/3/2002 10:03:48 AM EST
I'm just glad Hilliard is gone from our state. Good riddance!
Link Posted: 7/3/2002 10:11:45 AM EST
Originally Posted By ipschoser1: I'm just glad Hilliard is gone from our state. Good riddance!
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He'll announce he is running for election in New York next week. Hillery and Hilliard, hum there is something there :)
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