Do you remember Adnan Shahab? He’s the Republican running for the Assembly seat Alberto Torrico will be vacating this year. He enjoys carrying his unloaded firearms to coffee shops, and although he’s not particularly religious, he is the son of a Muslim man from Pakistan and a Catholic woman from the Philippines.
He sent me an e-mail today saying that he’s ending his signature drive to get his name on the ballot after a volunteer woman , who wears traditional Muslim attire, knocked on the door of an unfriendly Republican.
Here’s an excerpt from Shahab’s blog:
I received a call this morning from one of the volunteers who has been out gathering signatures to get my name on the ballot. She is a nice woman, who dresses in traditional Muslim attire, and is very interested in politics. She is a conservative who actually ran for a nonpartisan political position last November in the area, and she lost to the two liberal incumbents who were running against her. She found out about my campaign for State Assembly and contacted me, letting me know that she would like to volunteer to help my campaign. I told her about the signature drive to get my name on the ballot, and she enthusiastically agreed to help me. In order that she could target people who would be friendly to our cause, I handed over a list of addresses of registered Republicans to her, and she planned on knocking on the doors of those registered Republicans in order to gather signatures. When I talked with her on the phone this morning, she seemed apologetic, almost as if she felt she had failed me. She told me that her efforts to get out and gather signatures did not go well yesterday. Basically, somebody threatened to call the police on her, and she felt in fear for her life. In her honest opinion, while out gathering signatures, she had run into the racist faction of the Republican Party. Out of fear for her personal welfare, she cut her signature drive efforts short.
I am glad that no physical harm came upon that woman who volunteered for my campaign. But she is definitely shaken. For their own safety, I am now asking that all campaign volunteers who are out there working directly with me immediately cease getting signatures to get my name on the ballot. I will have to resort to finding the funds to pay the filing fee to get my name on the ballot instead.
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