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CAIR asks McDonnell for more on Robertson, as Connolly weighs in

Rosalind Helderman

Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell continues to face calls for him to publicly repudiate donor and ally Pat Robertson today, even after a statement issued Tuesday evening in which his spokesman commented generally about the importance of the Muslim community to Virginia.

A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday that McDonnell's comment "a good statement as far as it went," but said he did not believe it went far enough in directly disavowing Robertson's remarks.

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for CAIR, said the national group is working with Muslims in Virginia to decide how to proceed on the issue. But he said he continues to believe McDonnell needs to make a clear statement indicating he does not agree with Robertson's stand on Islam. Robertson said last week that Islam is "not a religion" but a "violent political system" and called for Muslims to be treated like communists or members of a fascist party.

"[McDonnell's] sending the message that he wants it both ways--he wants the support of a Muslim-basher. And he wants to work with Virginia Muslims. I think those two things are incompatible," Hooper said.

Meanwhile, the political implications of the Robertson remarks are growing. U.S. Rep Gerry Connolly (D) has put out a statement Wednesday calling on Robertson to apologize for his comments. Connolly said he has heard from hundreds of constituents, both Muslims and others, offended by Robertson's comments, which came in response to the Fort Hood shootings on an episode of the 700 Club last week.

"My feeling is that if public officials don't speak out about this, our silence might be misconstrued," Connolly said. "I, for one, am not going to be silent in the face of that kind of unbridled intolerance."

And does Connolly believe that McDonnell needs to speak out as well?

"I feel as a public official, I have a duty. I have acted on my duty. Other public officials have to take their own counsel," he said.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  November 18, 2009; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Gerald E. Connolly , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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This is the same CAIR whose founders and donors have links with Hamas? I don't recall Connelly or CAIR making any statements when Congressman Moran has made any of his anti-semetic remarks.

Posted by: OldVirginian | November 18, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Fred Malek's a big-time national Republican figure.He's not entirely without controversy.

Those with long memories recall Malek from his time as an aide to Richard Nixon in 1971, when he compiled a list of Democrats working for the Bureau of Labor Statistics in response to a request from Nixon of Democrats and "important Jewish figures" working at the agency.
Some facts about Fred Malek:... it's certain that Palin & Malek said, they're referring to blacks and Latinos as other species. ...

Fred Malek--the notorious "hatchet man" for Richard Nixon who only a FEW years ago was busted by the SEC for investment fraud.

Malek fits nicely into the circle of corruption that has followed Palin throughout her political career.

Malek palled around with the likes of real terrorists, including H. R. Haldeman, John Erlichman, Charles Colson and E. Howard Hunt. Malek distinguished himself in the Nixon circles by providing the anti-Semitic president with information about the number of Democrats and "important Jewish officials" working in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nixon was convinced that a "Jewish cabal" had taken over the agency.

Malek,was dubbed "Nixon's Jew counter....

"These moves [removing Jews from the bureau] do not go as far as I would have preferred," Malek wrote in a secret memo to Haldeman"

Posted by: lindarc | November 18, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

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