Irvine councilmember Steven Choi is now using his Pelosi-is-Stalin stunt to raise funds for his assembly race.Â
Choi is complaining that Democrats have attacked him for his right to free speech; no one is denying the wannabe Assemblyman his right to make a fool of himself.Â But this isn’t the first time Choi’s “free speech” was demonstrated to be outrageous.Â And its not the first time Choi has used his inflammatory speech to raise funds for his campaigns.
Choi’s current Assembly website puts out a plea for funds:
I am so humbled and honored to receive such an overwhelming outpouring of support from throughout the country (though there are obviously some opponents).
Will you kindly join my contact list to show your support for me?
I also hope you will help me by making a campaign contribution. Thank you so much.
Last year, during Choi’s re-election bid for Irvine City Council, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore used Choi’s depiction of challenger Todd Gallinger as a radical muslim terrorist sympathizer to raise funds for Choi.Â From Chuck’s letter:
An interesting kerfuffle has arisen in my hometown of Irvine over Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and city council candidate, Todd Gallinger, who provides legal immigration counsel to the California Chapter of CAIR.Â In a September 23 blog entitled â€œChoiâ€™s Shameful Smearâ€ on the LiberalOC.com liberal Democrat blogger Dan Chmielewski takes Republican Irvine City Councilman Dr. Steven Choi to task for calling CAIR an â€œIslamic terrorist group.â€
Mr. Chmielewski then cuts and pastes a large portion of CAIRâ€™s Orange County website to bolster his claim that CAIR is not a terrorist organization, including, â€œCAIR condemns all acts of violence against civilians by any individual, group or state.â€Â Chmielewski then writes of Choi, â€œThis is the sort of divide the community approach the people on this side of the ticket have tried to do the past few elections in Irvine.Â Itâ€™s hate speech coming from elected officials and candidates for office against Muslimsâ€¦â€
I have a different view â€“ perhaps one a little more nuanced than Dr. Choiâ€™s â€“ but then, Councilmember Choi is running for reelection against CAIR-affiliated Mr. Gallinger and election season does tend to produce bold, black and white statements for public consumption.
Lastly, whatever one thinks of Mr. Chmielewskiâ€™s assertion that Dr. Choi was improperly injecting religion into politics in his critique of Mr. Gallinger and CAIR, it is relevant to note in this discussion that none other than CAIRâ€™s own Chairman Emeritus, Omar Ahmed, said the Muslim holy book, the Koran, should be the â€œhighest authority in America, and the Islam the only accepted religion on earth.â€
One can only imagine Mr. Chmielewskiâ€™s outrage at council candidate Choi if Choi uttered such about the Christian faith.
If you are still not convinced about the connections between CAIR and HAMAS, then donâ€™t take my word for it, believe liberal California Senator Barbara Boxer who, in late 2006, took back an award she gave to CAIR official Basim Elkarra after she learned about Mr. Elkarraâ€™s CAIR involvement.Â Sen. Boxer herself â€œexpressed concernâ€ about CAIRâ€™s actions and past statements while her press secretary said that CAIR â€œgives aid to international terrorist groups.â€
So, could Councilman Choi and Sen. Boxer be right and Mr. Chmielewski be wrong about CAIR and whether Mr. Gallingerâ€™s close connection with them should be a matter of public discourse?Â It looks like it will be up to the voters of Irvine to decide on November 4.
You can assist Dr. Choi in his reelection effort by going to: http://stevenchoi.org/contribute/.”
As an IUSD trustee, Choi has to apologize once for comments he made to GATE parents apologizing that the high cost of special education was taking away from funds that could go to GATE programs for gifted students, not realizing that some parents have a child who qualifies for GATE and have another child that requires special education.Â
Of course, the greatest source of fundraising for Dr. Choi is Mayor Sukhee Kang’s fundraising lists.Â A number of Mr. Kang’s Korean-American supports report to us that Choi calls them requesting a contribution shortly after Kang files his financial disclosures.Â
And we’re delighted to learn Dr. Choi somehow fought alongside American troops in the Korean DMZ; there is no reference to any military experience on any of Choi’s official bios which is interesting given how much Republicans like to tout any military experience whatsoever.Â We’re also delighted that Dr. Choi as a new blogger BFF in Art Pedroza; I’m sure Dr. Choi supports Mr. Pedroza’s efforts to blackmail his political enemiesÂ by havingÂ promoted gay porn and pederasty on web domainsÂ Pedroza owns.Â We have to wonder if Choi is behind the recent post by Pedroza alleging that the Krom family has covered up some investigation of the Santa Barbara authorities into the accidental death of Noah Krom.Â And with the attacks on Krom coinciding with the Hanukkah celebration, ripping open that scab reeks of anti-semitism.Â So glad these two found each other…
Jerry Amante, time to Cowboy up!Â Choi is eating your lunch.