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McCain campaign muzzles muslims?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I lauded the McCain campaign for the incident in Virginia where supporters of McCain and campaign representatives alike vigorously confronted an Islamophobic idiot and his sidekick and forced them to depart the rally. One of the McCain supporters, Daniel Zubairi, is also a muslim himself and was among the most articulate in rejecting the notion that the bigot spoke in any way for McCain’s camp. However, it seems that Zubairi has been forbidden by the campaign from speaking to the press:

Daniel Zubairi, a Muslim McCain grassroots organizer who told racist rally attendeesin Woodbridge, Virginia that the campaign didn’t “endorse thatbehavior,” was for some reason not allowed to talk to CNN about theincident.

Anchor Rick Sanchez said Zubairi was “ready and willing” to talk, but “the McCain camp won’t let him do so.”

Here’s more footage of Zubairi at the incident:

It’s perplexing why McCain’s campaign won’t let this articulate, muslim supporter and grassroots organizer speak out about it.



  • http://abunooralirlandee.wordpress.com Abu Noor Al-Irlandee

    I agree that it looks weird that the McCain campaign wouldn’t want this supporter out in the media. At the same time, since he’s not a professional, I’m sure they’re a little worried about what he might say in an interview.
    Senator Obama himself has allowed his Muslim outreach person to resign basically for having vaguely associated with actual Muslims in the past. His new Muslim outreach person I have not seen anywhere interviewed in the media at all, and the only time I’ve heard about her is when the Obama campaign agreed that she made a mistake in even attending a meeting with representatives of Muslim groups like MAS and CAIR.
    I know this is politics and no one (except apparently Colin Powell and Campbell Brown) want anything to do with Muslims right now, but I do sometimes wonder, who exactly, the Muslim outreach person is supposed to be reaching out to, if CAIR is out of bounds? (again, this is the Obama campaign’s official position).

  • Al

    I don’t know if the reaction of the Republican party was indeed an act of sincerity or that was PR to get the Muslim vote.

  • Fajr

    My father was a precint aide and worked the polls each election for years and years. What I learned from him is that politicians will court ANY group that delivers the vote. That may seem obvious, but the “fine print” under that statement is that each party KNOWS whether the special interest group delivered by detailed analysis of the winners in each precinct and the thorough knowledge of the demographics of that precinct.
    For example, Latinos are enthusiastic demonstrators, and all politicians make the appropriate appearances and promises to Latinos. However, their voter turnout (as determined in the analyses described above) is dismal to pathetic. Hence, the appearances made by politicians at their rallies are just the minimal so as not to alienate the Latino community. Each politician knows that the Latinos are useless at election time -at least in my area. And it also shows when it comes to dividing up the pie during the winner’s administration.
    How can Muslims deal with their current “muzzling” by the candidates? By effectively delivering the votes for one of the parties. I live in a major city with a Muslim population approaching the million mark. If this group voted as a block, and I mean actually VOTED, the politicians would put aside their uneasiness with Muslim participation and take them seriously.
    There also has to be a way that Muslims can inflict consequences when they are rebuffed. For example, several candidates have refused to accept donations from secular Arab-American groups just to keep avoid alienating influential American Jewish groups ( and have publicly provided that rationale when refusing the contribution). This type of disenfranchisement has to have consequences for the politician who does it. How to accomplish that is a bit tricky. They will never admit it is for bigoted reasons, but we know that is the root of it.
    Keep brainstorming – the answer will appear.

  • Mariam

    Everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that there is no pro-Islam candidate running for president. AIPAC probably saw to that.

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