Saturday, September 24, 2005

AIPAC keeping Democrats away?

Is AIPAC telling democrats to stay away from the Sept 24th Washington DC protest? That is the claim below.

I would like to see some corroboration, but the lack of Democratic Politians at this event is certainly puzzling.

September 24, 2005 -- Anti-war protest in Washington, DC today. Very few Democratic members of Congress to appear. Reason: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), according to Democratic insiders on Capitol Hill, put out the word that any member of Congress who appeared at the protest, where some speakers were to represent pro-Palestinian views, would face the political wrath of AIPAC. According to Democratic sources on the Hill, Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts was the chief conveyor of the AIPAC warning to his colleagues. At the time of this report, three members of Congress were to address the anti-war protestors: Reps. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), John Conyers (D-MI), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA). The word is that AIPAC will direct its massive campaign support to Woolsey's neo-con and pro-Iraq war primary challenger, California State Assemblyman Joe Nation, who has strong connections to the Rand Corporation, one of the Pentagon's chief war-making think tanks. Woolsey represents California's Marin and Sonoma counties.

Wayne Madsen Report


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting, because the one person I know who traveled from California for the march is Jewish.

AIPAC generally runs the US now. We fight Izzy's wars 'cuz they're all godly 'n' shit.

9/24/2005 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Yes, for newcomers Gorilla in the room understands and acknowledges that "jews" are not synonymous with zionists and AIPAC.

The majority of Jews were against the Iraq war. Unfortunatly, there are some very active and well positioned people that have allowed their personal interest in Israel to affect their decision making.

9/24/2005 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous David said...

Update -- In the end, the antiwar rally apparently only drew only one member of Congress as speaker: Georgia Democratic Representative Cynthia McKinney.

Here's Jeffrey Blankfort's commentary--

"As a prelude to this, last year Woolsey informed a group of her constituents that she had been warned by the liberals' darling, Henry Waxman, a Jewish and very pro-Israel congressman from LA that because of two votes that she had taken that were not approved by AIPAC, should a strong candidate appear against her in the Democratic primary, that AIPAC would oppose her. This year, by coincidence, such a candidate appeared, the below mentioned Joe Nation who appears to be attracting donations from within and without Marin's county's Zionist community. As a consequence, Woolsey was recently obligated to make an AIPAC-sponsored trip to Israel but, it is not likely to have any effect on those Jewish voters in her affluent district who put the interests of Israel before that of their fellow American citizens. It is, unfortunately, not to be expected that in any of the anti-war marches today, this traitorous behavior in the fullest sense of the word, will be mentioned. Such is the extent of the Zionists control over the entire spectrum of the American body politic."

Meanwhile, Brian says: "I would like to see some corroboration".

You mean The Jewish Week story that you posted wasn't enough? Or your Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco story? How about just listening to audiences as they try to stop Galloway from mentioning Israel? Exactly how much corroboration are you expecting to find?

9/26/2005 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No elected democrats showed at the antiwar rally because Answer is a front for the Workers World Party and is not simple antiwar, but pro-Saddam, pro-Kim Jong Il, pro-Hugo Chavez, pro-Fidel Castro, pro-Slobbo Milosovic, pro-Hamas, pro-Mugabe, etc.

Other than that, I'm sure they're lovely people.

9/26/2005 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Here is a link to Lynn Woolsey 2006 fundraising data. Not too impressive.

I can't seem to extract Joe Nation's fundraising info.

I would be interested in seeing that information if anybody has a link.

9/26/2005 05:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Al said...

I doubt AIPAC had anything (or the real power) to do about this; but I think they are allowing themselves to be credited simply to pander to their own ego which is sadly in need of it.
The Democrats didn'st show out of cowardice, fear of losing the corporate largesse which they have worked so hard on their knees to share with the Republicans.

9/26/2005 05:04:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Here is a link to the contributors to Joe Nation's Campaign so far.

Fair number of Jewish names, but not enough to jump out at me. Also, not many out of state contributors.

So, for now the AIPAC stuff is just speculation.

We will update each quarter to see if things have changed.

9/26/2005 06:07:00 PM  

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