Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge, who is currently running for re-election, has been meeting with and is soliciting donations (and volunteer help) from a Muslim group with a long history of support of terrorism, jihad, and anti-Semitism. Its Massachusetts chapter is run by the well-known Muslim leader Tahir Ali, who has been working personally with Eldridge.
Ali's group currently calls itself the American Muslim Task Force. That umbrella group's membership list includes the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), both of which were named by the Justice Department in May 2007 as unindicted co-conspirators in the largest terrorist finance case in U.S. history.
In 2000 Tahir Ali organized a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in Boston. Mrs. Clinton (then running for U.S. Senate in New York) subsequently gave the money back after it was revealed that Ali's group, then known as the American Muslim Alliance (AMA), had openly supported Hamas and had co-sponsored a New York rally where Jews were categorized as "pigs and monkeys." The group had also defended the Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzug, who took credit when Hamas sprayed machine gun fire into a crowded Jerusalem mall in 1995. Writers Dick Morris and Eileen McGann describe this on the Fox News website.
Sen. Jamie Eldridge is not exactly a moderate. He describes himself as a "progressive" and has been endorsed by the Marxist-oriented Democratic Socialists of America as well as Planned Parenthood, MassEquality, and NARAL. He was a co-sponsor of the Transgender Rights and Hate Crimes Bill. He is currently running for re-election against a Republican challenger.
Eldridge's recent meeting with the American Muslim Task Force took place on September 26 in Shrewsbury. Meeting organizer Tahir Ali has subsequently bragged about the event in various Muslim websites. The meeting was also noted by a Muslim-watch group in England.
Jihad and anti-Semitism
Researcher David Horowitz describes the activities of the American Muslim Alliance, Tahir Ali's previous group, on his website DiscoverTheNetworks.org:
AMA is an active member of the American Muslim Political Coordinating Council. It also is affiliated with Muslim groups -- such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council -- whose members have publicly supported Hamas and Hezbollah, or have been linked to the funding of terrorist activities. In 1998 AMA, along with CAIR and the American Muslim Council, sponsored a rally at Brooklyn College in New York City, where militant speakers advocated jihad and characterized Jews as "pigs and monkeys."
According to Steve Emerson, a well-known researcher specializing in militant Islamic organizations, the AMA's leaders "have sanctioned terrorism, published anti-Semitic statements, and repeatedly hosted conferences that were forums for denunciations of Jews and exhortions to wage jihad."
None of this seems to bother Jamie Eldridge, however.
Sen. Jamie Eldridge (in yellow shirt) at the Sept. 26 meeting of the
American Muslim Task Force in Shrewsbury, MA.
Tahir Ali posts his report of meeting with Eldridge
Tahir Ali wrote a report of his meeting with Sen. Eldridge, bragging about his success. Ali has posted the report (with photos) on the "Pakistan Link" website and also on ikhwanophobia.com, an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood website. ("Ikhwan" means Muslim brothers.)
Ali's report has also been tracked on Muslim-watch websites in the United States and in Britain.
In his report of the meeting, Tahir Ali wrote:
Atif Harden couldn't have stressed the need to vote more; he declared, "Register to vote, never, never, never stop doing this. The beauty of this country and I can say that I can be the president of the United States."
Senator Eldridge said that he would love to see Muslim-Americans run for elections. "I'll help whoever wants to run."
The audience outlined the following pressing issues on their minds: Civil rights, Human rights, Profiling, Downward economy.
Dr. Mohammad Mushtaque, an attendee, was not too happy with the politicians (the likes of Gingrich and Palin) who in order to make campaign promises adopt scare tactics, and as they sow the seeds of hatred, extremists like the Florida Pastor get an excuse to disrespect or "threaten to burn" sacred scripts.
Senator Eldridge assured the community that as a "progressive Democrat", he shall stand by the American-Muslims . . .
One can see that Eldridge obviously has no problem with Ali or his organization. He obviously agrees with their outlook on America and appears to be eager to help the group achieve its goals.
Of course, Eldridge would never be so solicitous to a group of traditional-values, pro-family constituents.
Afterwards Eldridge sends letter to Tahir Ali soliciting donations & help
Even though Hillary Clinton was forced to give back her donations from Tahir Ali's radical group, Eldridge obviously feels he's above that. He clearly has no problem with Ali or his group's heinous, anti-Semitic, pro-terrorist background.
After the meeting, Eldridge sent the following letter to Tahir Ali soliciting donations and campaign help. Here is the letter in its entirety, which Ali proudly posted on the Web.
I want to thank you and the American Muslim Task Force to inviting me to part of your organization's Town Hall forum on issues important to the Muslim-American community last night at India Kabob and Grill in Shrewsbury. I'm hoping you can pass on this message from me to all of the people who attended the forum last night, and the other members of the Task Force.
I really enjoyed the conversations with my fellow panelists and the audience on a wide range of concerns that were expressed, including civil rights, human rights, economic development, public education, and taxes.
I am very moved by the warm reception that I received, and was encouraged by the idea of creating a multi-cultural, multi-racial coalition to support the positions that I as a proud progressive Democrat are the foundation of my principles and beliefs. If I can be of any help in helping support the establishment of that coalition, please be in touch, and of course I hope to attend that meeting.
I did not mention during the Town Hall forum that I do have a re-election this year, and would be honored to have the support of the Muslim-American community. To that point, if anyone would like to volunteer on the campaign, they can contact Kelsey Smithwood, my Field Director, at Kelsey@JamieEldridge.com or 978-202-3071, or stop by my campaign office at 19 Main Street in downtown Hudson.
Further, if members would like to support me in another way, they can make a donation to my re-election campaign, as my Republican opponent does not share the same views that I do. To make a donation, members can go towww.JamieElridge.com to donate online, or send a donation to: the Jamie Eldridge Committee, P.O. Box 641, Acton, MA. Certainly if you or other leaders in the Muslim-American community would like to host a fundraiser for me, that would be extremely helpful, and would give me another opportunity to address the concerns of the Muslim American community in Massachusetts.
Once again, thank you so much for inviting me to attend the American Muslim Task Force last night, and I feel that I have many new friends and supporters from the excellent, thoughtful discussion.
Just the kind of guy we all want representing us in the State House.
Arrogant attitude by Eldridge regarding group's past
This week a MassResistance volunteer who lives in Eldridge's district called his campaign office, spoke to a staffer, described the suspect connections of the group Eldridge had met with, and asked if the Senator had any explanation. The staffer declined to discuss it -- other than to say the Senator's goal is simply to protect all his constituents' "civil rights" -- and said he'd get back to the person. He never did.
A reporter from a national news website went to Senator Eldridge's office at the State House last week and asked to interview him about the letter he sent to Tahir. Eldridge's staffer accused him of "coming with an agenda" and refused to speak to him.
Wimpy Republicans. George Thompson, Eldridge's Republican opponent in next Tuesday's general election, apparently was scared off from bringing up the issue. When contacted and asked if he wanted to make any public comment, he rather tersely declined, citing Eldridge's "First Amendment Rights."
Given the fact that Eldridge's district has a not insignificant Jewish population, one would think that a state senator running for re-election would be a little hesitant to get involved with a group with such horrible anti-Semitic baggage.
But Jamie Eldridge is an extremely arrogant "progressive" who holds his obsessive beliefs in "multiculturalism" beyond normal politics or any mainstream American sentiment. After all, this is Massachusetts.
And on election day he'll probably beat his hapless Republican challenger.
Ignored by Boston mainstream media
On Sunday, the Boston Globe did an article on the race between Eldridge and George Thompson. The article covered a lot of ground, but completely left out any mention of this. Nor has State House News, the Herald, or any other mainstream media outlet covered this. Hmmm. Why are we not surprised?
|Sen. Jamie Eldridge (top row, center, in yellow shirt) posed for this picture at the Sept. 26 meeting.|