Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Would Someone Close The Lid On Marvin Scott's Political Career?

Perennial losing candidate Marvin Scott is proving again how unfit he is to hold public office. According to Matt Tully, Scott put on quite a show for the Star's editorial staff yesterday. Tully writes in his column today:

If there is a worse candidate for U.S. Congress than Marvin Scott, I haven't found him.

Incredibly un-credible, Scott is in the midst of yet another run for Congress. He's run for one seat or another for more than a decade, coming close once but always losing in the end.

Thank goodness for that.

Whether he's leading a campaign overrun by bigots or bringing on a campaign manager with an unapologetically checkered past, Scott seems to find new and ugly ways to embarrass himself in his bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Andre Carson. He is expected to lose the race for the 7th District seat in November, but the idea that Scott was able to win the GOP nomination against a much worthier opponent is downright scary.

On Tuesday, Scott spent about 45 confusing and pathetic minutes defending his campaign before columnists and editors at The Indianapolis Star. During his visit, he attempted to link Carson with Muslim extremism simply because of an advertisement that ran in the back of a magazine that had written about Carson. It was a ridiculous and desperate ploy, one apparently aimed at trying to scare up votes from people who have a problem with Carson's Muslim faith.
I'm still trying to figure out why the Ballard administration put this joker in charge of the waterworks board. Scott alienated any potential grassroots supporters for his campaign when he rammed through Ballard's controversial plan to fund a half billion dollars in street and sidewalk improvements on the backs of Indianapolis' utility ratepayers, who were already facing double-digit increases in their utility bills before this hair-brained scheme was passed. On one measure before a board meeting Scott chaired, he belatedly recused himself because of a conflict of interest brought to his attention by the staff after a vote had already been taken. When I asked Scott why he had a conflict of interest, Scott told me he could not recall.

To be sure, there are legitimate concerns about Carson's ties to Muslim extremists. As I reported here, Carson relied on the unindicted co-conspirator in a federal terrorist investigation, Council on American Islam Relations (CAIR), to raise money in D.C. for his first run for Congress. Carson later returned campaign contributions from at least one contributor with terrorist ties. It's just that Scott and his controversial campaign manager, Stan Solomon, don't appear capable of raising those concerns without using the slightest of tact. Carson spent this past 4th of July weekend for the second year in a row at the Islamic Society of North America's convention in Chicago. Indianapolis' own WTHR did an excellent 2-part investigative report on some of the troubling links of the Plainfield, Indiana-based organization to Islamic extremists. Some of the findings of that report as reported elsewhere:

Tucked away on the farmland of rural Plainfield, Indiana, are headquarters to one of the largest Islamic organizations in the country – the Islamic Society of North America.

Its charismatic leader, Dr. Sayyid Syeed, promotes ISNA as a mainstream organization of American Muslims. He preaches family values, unity and acceptance of all religions.

"Here we are Muslims, young and old, men and women," he said in a Friday prayer service earlier this year. "We respect Christianity. We respect Judaism…. America should be proud of this community."

It's talk that is worlds away from the beliefs of Islamic extremists.

But although ISNA is a well-respected Islamic organization that's received accolades from Indiana's late Governor and even grant money from the federal government, some charge it is a supporter of extreme ideology.

Steven Emerson, author of the bestselling "American Jihad: The terrorists Living Among Us," dedicated an entire section of his book to ISNA as a supporter of militant Islamic groups.

Emerson says ISNA's popular annual conventions, attended by thousands of Muslims, serve as gathering places for some Islamic extremists to raise money and share ideas.

"I think ISNA has been an umbrella, also a promoter of groups that have been involved in terrorism," Emerson told Eyewitness News. "I am not going to accuse ISNA of being directly involved in terrorism. I will say ISNA has sponsored extremists, racists, people who call for Jihad against the United States."

In fact, we found about a dozen charities, organizations or individuals under federal scrutiny for possible ties to terrorism that are linked in some way to ISNA – ties sources tell us have also placed ISNA under the federal microscope.

ISNA has provided convention booth space and helped raise money for a number of Islamic charities later linked to terrorism by the federal government – groups like the Holy Land Foundation.

ISNA has also supported Hamas leader Mousa Marzook, who was deported from the U.S. in 1997 and is on the State Department's designated terrorist list. Marzook thanked ISNA in an open letter of appreciation for support of his legal defense fund.

"It doesn't hurt it you give a few words of support or if you give a few words of sympathy," Syeed said. "The issue is, do I get involved in some major campaign? Then it would be a problem."

Emerson said ISNA took Marzook on "as their poster child."

"Go ask ISNA whether Hamas and Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad are terrorist groups," he said.

When we asked, Syeed said: "That's not us."

But does he condemn the groups?

"We will condemn anywhere there is hate, whether they are Muslim, Christian, Jew or whatever."
You can watch Parts I and II of WTHR's investigative report here and here.


Downtown Indy said...

I still can't figure how Carlos May got the short straw in the primary.

Gary R. Welsh said...

Carlos blew his wad on on billboards instead of direct mail pieces, ignored many traditional Republican primary voters and failed to raise questions about the other no-name on the ballot, who I managed to scare off the ballot two years ago by simply asking him questions about his prior problems in the state of Ohio where he was fired as a parole officer.

Guest said...

The question really is (should someone care to investigate)-Who is and who brought in the unknown unfunded spoiler for Carlos? He is so unknown I cannot remember his name yet he garnered 6000 votes. Has he returned to Ohio? There were also quiet little articles mentioning just this tactic in other races and areas of the country, yet no one has had the interest of how and why this was pulled off. There was something wrong with that candidate and primary. So, I challenge somone to answer this inquiry and you are just the one to do it should you accept the assignment.

Gary R. Welsh said...

No conpiracies. Wayne Harmon got as many votes as he got because most people had no idea who Carlos May was. Like I said, if they had raised questions as soon as he filed, he would have probably pulled his name off the ballot just like he did when I asked questions about his problems in Ohio. Most primary voters didn't want to vote for Scott, but they too many of them didn't know who Carlos was. Tom John wasn't interested in helping him and he had to get the job done himself. He failed. It's just that simple.

Guest said...

Carlos was all over the radio etc. and worked hard while I never even heard of the Ohio infiltrator--I say the fix was in and he was arranged and voted for by the machine which pulled it off with the big help of well organized crossovers.

Gary R. Welsh said...

There was absolutely no evidence of cross-over voting in that primary. The Democrats had their own local primary races to worry about, namely all of the PC races for control of the county party. Andre's people were getting out people to vote in the Democratic Party. Carlos ran a lousy campaign. Just accept that fact.

Gary R. Welsh said...

I notice the Carlos defenders ignore the fact that Ballard held a number of press events with Carson during the primary race to bolster Carson's credibility despite the fact Carlos worked for the him before jumping into that race. Carlos then ran back to Ballard and begged for and got a do-nothing job with the city after Ballard worked against him in his congressional race.

Ari said...

Marvin Scott is my teacher at Butler university. He is a total racist and clearly shows animosity towards muslims and homosexuals