The Register’s Sean Emery finally got around to writing a story about the bigoted comments made by Irvine Council member Steven Choi at last week’s Irvine Chamber of Commerce canddiate’s breakfast.Â Choi’s commentsÂ warned the audienceÂ not to vote for a candidate, Todd Gallinger,Â who works for the Council on American-Islamic Relations â€“ or CAIR â€“ which Choi described as a “dangerous and Islamic organization.”Â Todd’s work with CAIR is limited to citizenship and immigration issues, but the comments were clearly meant to smear.
Choi went on to say that Muslim’s weren’t fit to hold office and Mayoral Candidate Christina Shea and Council candidate Pat Rodgers chimed in directing attendees to the anti-CAIR web site (run my one man) and the Irvine Tattler (also run by one man who makles frequent errors in reporting) as proof.
Choi was targeted by at least four speakers at last week’s Irvine City Council meeting with one resident calling Choi a Terrorist that Irvine voters should reject.Â This blog has called on Choi to resign.Â He won’t, so its up to voters who believe in tolerance to throw Dr. Choi under the bus.
From the story:
Islamic Center of Irvine President Issa Edah-Tally said he is willing to mediate a meeting between Choi and CAIR. The Islamic Center works with CAIR often, Edah-Tally said, which he described as “in no way a dangerous organization.”
“I was shocked to hear that a council candidate made those comments,” Edah-Tally said. “I can see how this can create waves of division in the community,”
Choi said he does not plan to meet with CAIR, and does not believe an apology is warranted.
And then Choi told Emery:
“If anyone has to apologize, it is them for publicly defaming my name,” Choi said.”
That’s quite a statement as I’m not sure how good Mr. Choi’s name is any longer.Â While Emery did report on State Rep. Chuck DeVore’s blog post, he neglected to mention the first reference of this incident was reported here.Â He also didn’t report that Chuck’s blog post also served as a call to the good conservatives of Irvine to send money to the Shea/Choi/Rodgers ticket, since their anemic fundraising certainly needs a shot in the arm.
No one is about to apologize to you Steven.Â