Jesse Kelly trying to hide endorsement by extremist racist group??by David Pinar on May. 24, 2012, under Pol. & Govt.
Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN9 has been doing a series of interviews with the candidates for the CD8 special election. Ron Barber’s interview was aired Tuesday evening, Jesse Kelly’s yesterday, and an interview with Green Party candidate Charlie Manolakis airs tonight. However, things got a little testy yesterday when KGUN9 reporter Jennifer Waddell tried to ask a simple question submitted by a viewer, which they have done in the Ron Barber interview and will do with Charlie Manolakis. But Kelly Campaign Spokesman John Ellinwood – sitting off camera monitoring what was being asked and what Kelly answered, like some North Korean style minder – became enraged at the question and abruptly announced he was stopping the interview because of the question. Waddell tried to explain the nature and source of the question, but Ellinwood interrupted her repeatedly. As the verbal sparring continued Kelly finally he held his hand up and told Ellinwood, “It’s all right.” Waddell politiely repeated the question and Kelly then tersely refused to answer it, saying it was “out of bounds”.
What was the question? The viewer wanted Kelly to explain why Kelly had accepted andendorsement from a controversial anti-illegal immigration group known as ALIPAC. Ellinwood (and apparently Kelly) objected to the use of the word “recently” to describe Kelly’s acceptance — Ellinwood strenuously insisted that the word did not fairly describe something that had happened in 2010. Well first of all, I think that’s male bovine manure. 2010 was just 2 years ago, and Kelly has so far not retracted or rejecting a single thing he said or did during the 2010 campaign. Yes, he did tweak his position of wanting to “phase out” and wanting to end Social Security & Medicare to indicate that he doesn’t mean phasing it out for current recipients . Whoopty-doo – yes, not even Jesse Kelly is stupid enough or extreme enough to run a campaign advocating yanking the checks out of the hands of current beneficiaries. But current workers paying into the system or those nearing retirement? Don’t ask, don’t tell. And how about Kelly’s calling for zero corporate tax rate while saying he would vote for a 23% national sales tax called (ironically enough) the “fair” tax. Or how about his whining that the wealthy are being “squeezed” and “abused” while saying the minimum wage needs to reduced immediately and eventually phased out? He hasn’t repudiated or rejected any of those positions, and he never repudiated or rejected the 2010 ALIPAC endorsement. The question was fair even in the context of the 2010 endorsement. But as a matter of fact, ALIPAC just renewed its endorsement of Kelly last week!
What is ALIPAC? It stands for Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee. It claims to support “control and reversal” of undocumented immigration. But advocacy groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center have accused ALIPAC of having ties to white supremacists and the like. The Southern Poverty Law Center again included ALIPAC on its recently-updated list of “extremist groups.” Here’s what the Anti-Defamation League has to say about ALIPAC:
ALIPAC disseminates its message with virulent, anti-immigrant rhetoric. White supremacists and anti-Semites have promoted the group by engaging in activity on its behalf and posting links to ALIPAC’s Web site on their own Web sites and forums. Additionally, anti-Semites and white supremacists posting on extremist forums promote ALIPAC, its activity, and [ALIPAC organizer William] Gheen’s statements. These extremists look to ALIPAC and use the group’s Web site and ideology to fuel their own hatred of non-white immigrants.
The ADL also links ALIPAC to the National Socialist Movement (NSM), the largest neo-Nazi group in the country. Here’s a picture of one of their little get togethers:
Don’t care what the ADL has to say about ALIPAC? Well then, how about our very own Senator John McCain? Here’s what McCain had to say about ALIPAC’s endorsement of JD Hayworth:
Let’s be clear: Congressman [J.D.] Hayworth’s continued flirtation with extreme groups that condone racism only opens the door for liberals to falsely paint all opponents of illegal immigration as bigots. Congressman Hayworth should immediately disavow this group’s support and commit to never again associating himself with groups that accept this kind of hateful and counterproductive rhetoric.
McCain called on Hayworth to renounce his endorsement by ALIPAC. We assume he will also be calling for Jesse to renounce his endorsement by ALIPAC, both in 2010 and again last week. Voters of southern Arizona should repudiate & reject Jesse Kelly for this and many more reasons.
Here’s a link to the full story at KGUN9. Kelly spokesman didn’t stop there with his harrassment – he has called the station repeatedly, questioning Ms. Waddell’s professionalism and accusing the station of “gotcha journalism”.