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Another Sestak Scandal Surfaces Days Before Nov 2 Election

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 29, 2010

WorldNetDaily has uncovered another scandal involving Joe Sestak, who is running in the Pennsylvania Senate race against Sarah Palin endorsee Pat Toomey.  Governor Palin endorsed Toomey in a Facebook Note on October 19:

Senate races in particular have national significance when it comes to legislation like cap-and-tax. Our Senate is the most prestigious deliberative body in the world. One vote there has consequences extending far beyond that chamber. That’s why “rust belt” and energy producing states must get behind good candidates like John Raese in West Virginia, Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Joe Miller in Alaska, Rand Paul in Kentucky, Sharron Angle in Nevada, John Boozman in Arkansas, and Carly Fiorina in California. Your jobs depend on their ability to hold the line against job-killing legislation. 

People in these states have a clear choice on November 2nd. They can vote for jobs or vote for unemployment.

According to the information detailed by Art Moore in his article and documented with audiotapes, there is another problem with Sestak – his involvement with CAIR. 

Since his election to the House in 2006, Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak has fended off strong criticism of his relationship with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a federally designated terrorist co-conspirator shown by FBI evidence to be a front for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

Now in a tight race with Republican Pat Toomey for Sen. Arlen Specter’s open seat, a report asserting Sestak was caught in a lie – denying that he was ever in the home of the director of CAIR’s Pennsylvania chapter for a fundraiser on his behalf – has resurfaced.

CAIR Pennsylvania’s Iftekhar Hussain affirmed to WND’s Aaron Klein yesterday in a recorded interview for Klein’s WABC radio show that he hosted a fundraiser for Sestak during the 2006 congressional campaign.

But in an April 9, 2007, radio interview with WPHT’s Dom Giordano in Philadelphia, Sestak told a caller he had never been at the CAIR leader’s home. The interview, along with a recorded excerpt of a November 2006 lecture by Hussain in which the Muslim leader referred to the event, was reported at the time by Pamela Geller on her Atlas Shrugs blog. 


Sestak was the center of controversy last spring when he revealed the Obama administration offered him a position if he would drop out of the Democratic primary to clear the way for the incumbent, Specter. Republicans charged the offer was illegal, but Democrats insisted it was legitimate because the position was unpaid. Sestak went on to defeat Specter in the Democratic Party primary.

CAIR describes itself as a civil-rights group, but FBI evidence points to its origin as a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoot Hamas, and the Justice Department designated it an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-finance case in U.S. history. The Washington, D.C.-based group, which has more than a dozen former and current leaders with known associations with violent jihad, is suing WND and two investigators behind the best-selling expose “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America”.

In an interview Sunday with Philadelphia’s NBC television affiliate, WCAU, Sestak was asked if NPR’s firing of news analyst Juan Williams last week for expressing fear when he sees people in “Muslim garb” on an airliner is “an example of why taxpayer money should not go to NPR, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”

“No, it isn’t,” Sestak replied. “I think it was untenable what he said. He said [his fear] was irrational. I understand that. But you need to get over it.”

As WND reported, NPR announced the termination of Williams’ contract after CAIR issued a statement calling for the taxpayer-funded network to take action.


Sestak is now the target of a $1 million ad campaign by the Republican Jewish Coalition that criticizes him for his involvement with CAIR, his support of a civilian trial for Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his backing of partisan congressional declarations against Israel.

Prior to Sestak’s appearance at the Philadelphia CAIR fundraiser, Jewish leaders held a meeting in which they pleaded with him to withdraw from the event. They argued that even leading Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer has described CAIR as an organization “which we know has ties to terrorism.”

Sestak declined and gave a speech to the CAIR supporters in which he lauded the Muslim group for doing “such important and necessary work in a difficult environment to change such perceptions and wrongs – from racial profiling and civil rights to promoting justice and mutual understanding – at a time when it is challenging to be an American-Muslim and pass, for example, through an airport checkpoint.”


Critics also point out Sestak hired a former CAIR staffer, Adeeba al-Zaman, to direct his local office. Al-Zaman was CAIR’s director of communications from April 2005 to September 2006.

Sestak claimed he was not aware of the then 23-year-old Al-Zaman’s background with CAIR when he hired her, although he interviewed her three times.

A new ad against Sestak produced by the newly launched Emergency Committee for Israel asks “Does Congressman Joe Sestak realize Israel is America’s ally?”

The group is governed by a three-person board of Bill Kristol of Fox News and the Weekly Standard; evangelical political activist Gary Bauer; and Rachel Abrams, a writer married to former senior Bush administration official Elliott Abrams.

“Sestak raised money for an anti-Israel organization the FBI called ‘a front-group for Hamas,'” the ad’s narrator says, referring to CAIR. “Sestak signed a letter accusing Israel of ‘collective punishment’ for blockading Hamas in Gaza. Sestak refused to sign a bipartisan letter affirming U.S. support for Israel.

“Call Joe Sestak: Ask him to stand with Israel.”

Last year, Sestak refused to join a pro-Israel letter, signed by 329 members of Congress, urging President Obama to work closely with Israel to advance peace. In March, Sestak also declined to sign another congressional letter that affirmed the U.S. and Israel are “close allies.”

Critics note Sestak did sign a January letter lambasting Israel for using “collective punishment” against Palestinian residents of Gaza. The letter sought to put pressure on Israel to ease up on its blockade of the Hamas regime.

h/tp JewsForSarah

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