Republicans are afraid that Anaheim residents might mistake Bill Dalati as a white guy. His name is, after all, Bill. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve started a smear campaign against him.
From todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Los Angeles Times:
A state Republican party leader has roiled a sleepy Anaheim City Council race with allegations that an Arab American candidate is anti-American and supports extremist groups.
The accusations against Bill Dalati, an insurance agent who was born in Syria and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1987, surfaced last week in a letter from former state Republican Party chairman Shawn Steel and on various websites. On the OC Blog, a politically conservative website, the headline atop the letter opposing Dalati’s candidacy read “Something Scary in Anaheim.”
Shawn SteelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only support for calling Dalati anti-American is DalatiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s support for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is the largest Muslim civil rights group in the country and according to the Times Ã¢â‚¬Å“largely viewed as a mainstream organization.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And then ShawnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s letter is re-published on OC Blog by John Lewis, who is employed by Bob Hernadez (DalatiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opponent).
This anti-American crap is pretty despicableÃ¢â‚¬â€even for these guys. Call him a social liberal, or a RINO, but questioning his love for this country after investing his life into his Anaheim business and then $200,000 of the money he made there into his council race, is pretty low.
More from the Times:
“I wanted to give [the Arab and Muslim population in Anaheim] hope and empower them,” [Dalati] said. “We love this country, we would die for this country. It’s given us more than our country. We want to make it better.”
That sounds pretty American to me.[OC BlogÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s original post on the non-issue] [TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s OC Blog post on the non-issue] [The Los Angeles Times story on the non-issue]