August 4, 2006, - 7:12 pm
Endorsement: Why I’m Voting For Rev. KEITH BUTLER for U.S. Senate; Bouchard’s Islamofascist Ties Very Troubling
By Debbie Schlussel
I’ve been asked by many readers in Michigan whom I’m voting for in Tuesday’s Michigan Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. Some have asked me to make an endorsement.
I will be voting for Rev. Keith Butler.
It is troubling that neither Butler, nor his opponent, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, support the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative–the measure to get rid of affirmative action and race/gender/ethnic preferences in state hiring and admissions. That said, Rev. Butler is the true conservative (minus his support for affirmative action) in this race.
I am not troubled by the fact that Bouchard is an Arab-American, but I am troubled by the fact that he said in a newspaper article that there is a need for more Arab activist candidates for office. I think I know what that means, and it isn’t good. That Bouchard has allied himself with and identified with very Islamofascist, anti-American, anti-Israel organizations, like the Arab American Institute (AAI) and ACCESS (the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services), is even more disturbing. AAI supports HAMAS and Hezbollah.
ACCESS helped fund the 2002 University of Michigan Divestment (from Israel) Conference and has sent out e-mails advertising pro-Hezbollah rallies over the last few weeks. It used tax funds to train accused Al-Qaeda terrorists for commercial drivers licenses and HazMat hauling certificates. It helps illegal aliens, also with our tax money. In 2002, ACCESS was raided for allegedly helping pregnant Muslim illegal aliens obtain phony social security numbers so that they could have U.S. citizen babies here, courtesy of Medicaid. For a guy who claims in his campaign ads that he is so tough on illegal immigration, Bouchard’s association with ACCESS (he attended their dinners, etc.) is proof he’s a hypocrite. I’ve written a lot about ACCESS, including here and here.
Although Bouchard is an Arab Christian, most Christian Arabs–particularly my many friends in the Maronite Lebanese community of Michigan who oppose Hezbollah–are supporting Rev. Butler (he has an ad in their Lebanese Magazine). That is telling.
Like me, they fear that Bouchard–if elected–will turn out to be like another Christian Arab-American U.S. Senator from Michigan, Spencer Abraham. Abraham put CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations)–the extremist HAMAS front group–on the map, taking them around the Hill to meet other high-ranking politicians. He also worked with U.S. Congressman Joe Knollenberg to send at least $86 million (they sought over $200 million) in tax money straight into the hands of Hezbollah, at the request of the Arab American Institute’s James Zogby.
Bouchard is a career politician, who is supported by “moderate” Republicans in Michigan. It was far too long ago that he held a job in the private sector. Butler, a successful businessman and minister, built a giant and impressive empire that has introduced many Blacks to conservative values and thought. He is a fine orator and a strong supporter of our ally, Israel, in the War on Terror. He supports fighting Islamofascism, not embracing or appeasing it. With Bouchard, we’re not so sure. And why take the chance?
That is why, this Tuesday (August 8th), I’ll be voting for Rev. Keith Butler, Republican, for the U.S. Senate in the Michigan primary. If you are registered to vote in Michigan, I hope you will, too.
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