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Long Island District Attorney Pulls Out of Fundraiser With Imam

By    |   Friday, 24 Oct 2014 04:27 PM

Kathleen Rice — the Democratic district attorney of New York's Nassau County who is running for congress — has hastily pulled out of a fundraiser at which she was set to appear with a radical Imam named as an unindicted conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

"This is an outrage," Bradley Blakeman — brother of Republican lawyer Bruce Blakeman, who is challenging Rice — told Newsmax on Friday.

"My nephew died in the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11/01. He was a hero first responder who saved people."

Rice and Bruce Blakeman are vying for the seat of retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy in NY’s 4th congressional district in suburban Long Island.

The New York Observer reports that on Nov. 23, the Islamic Center of Long Island is hosting its annual fundraiser, of which the theme is "Islam in America: Roots & Beyond."

Rice, according to the Observer, was to speak alongside Imam Siraj Wahhaj of the Muslim Alliance of North America.

The Observer says Wahhaj was named in court papers as an unindicted co-conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, in which 11 terrorists were successfully sent to prison by former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, now a Newsmax contributor.

Wahhaj testified in support of some of the suspects and referred to Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman – the notorious anti-American blind sheikh now in prison — as "a respected scholar," the Observer reports.

"One would imagine those credentials will not be mentioned as he sits with Rice on the podium or for photo-ops," writes Ron Torossian, who broke the story in the Observer.

Torossian reports Wahhaj is seen in a video saying, "If only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate … America is one of the greatest terrorist nations on this earth …"

He adds Wahhaj’s support for polygamy "should also raise eyebrows among voters considering Ms. Rice’s candidacy or, quite frankly, her judgment …

"Kathleen Rice should not share the podium with this anti-American leader. While Mr. Wahhaj has the right to speak, Long Island’s most senior law enforcement official should not shower the legitimacy of her office upon a panel that includes such a devoted critic of our country."

After the story broke, Rice announced she is withdrawing from the event.

In an email to the Jewish news website JPUpdates, Shams Tarek, Director of Communications for Rice, said:

"When the DA accepted the invitation, this individual was not yet an invited participant. He was later added to the guest list and as soon as we became aware of his involvement we immediately pulled out of the event.

"We condemn this individual’s actions and his words in the strongest possible terms and we are deeply disappointed in the Islamic Center’s decision to add him to the event."

Rice currently leads Blakeman 52-42 percent, according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College Research Institute poll released Wednesday.

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Kathleen Rice - the Democratic district attorney of New York's Nassau County who is running for congress - has hastily pulled out of a fundraiser at which she was set to appear with a radical Imam named as an unindicted conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. ...
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