The Obama Edge
|Saul Roth||July 12th 2012|
A Democratic Party caucus chairman and former Barack Obama campaign manager, MD Rabbi Alam, is not only running for secretary of state in Missouri, he is also an unabashed 9/11 Truther who believes that no Jews were killed during the al Qaeda attacks on the United States in 2001. â€œWhy [was] 9/11 was a official holidy [sic] for all jewish [sic] people worked in the the [sic] WTC? Was 9/11 a conspiracy??â€ Alam wrote on a discussion forum online. â€œTell me how many of the Jewish people died on the 9/11 tragedy?â€ he added.
The Free Beacon, a daily internet publication that interviewed the candidate at length, confronted Alam with State Department statistics showing that between 200 and 400 Jews, in addition to five Israelis, were killed on September 11. Alum questioned the validity of the numbers and stuck to his own beliefs.
But what is more startling, political strategists point out, is how someone with Alamâ€™s views was able to climb the ranks of the Democratic Party so quickly. Alam, who also served in the U.S. military, is chairman of the National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus (NDPAAC) and he worked as a â€œsatellite campaign managerâ€ on the 2008 campaign that elected President Obama to office. And less than a year ago he received an invitation to the White House as a thank you. Alam also has known ties to radical Muslim clerics with extreme anti-Israel views.
â€œThat the DNC would in any way affiliate itself with a 9/11 Truther who spews such anti-Semitic lunacy, and defends and repeats such bile when confronted, is beyond deeply troubling, itâ€™s simply wrong,â€ said Josh Block, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. â€œThis guyâ€™s sentiments are especially outrageous in the context of 9/11, and are incredibly offensive to the families of all victims of al Qaedaâ€™s vile terrorist attack on America. One can only assume the DNC allowed such a relationship unknowingly.â€ Meanwhile, Alam remains optimistic he will win. And he told the Free Beacon he hopes to leave a, â€œlegendary legacy, like after Martin Luther King Jr.â€