Fremont wunderkind Ishan Shah got his first article published online today. Not surprisingly, it’s an opinion piece. And it concerns someone I know a lot about: Rep. Peter King, R – New York.
King’s been in the news a lot because he’s chairing hearings investigating whether American Muslims are becoming radicalized terrorists.
My first volunteering gig was working to keep King from ever going to Congress. I volunteered for King’s Democratic opponent in 1992 — the year King was first elected and the year Ishan was born.
My job was mostly to visit libraries and get all the old newspaper clips about King on microfilm and microfiche. No Internet back then. Ironically in that campaign, we cast King as the terrorist sympathizer.
King was a very public supporter of the IRA, and that was back when it was blowing up London and Northern Ireland. But the IRA was pretty darn popular in that part of Long Island, which is home to many Irish and Italian Catholics. You’d see a lot of those 26 + 6 = 1 bumper stickers, which meant that the British should get their wanker arses out of Northern Ireland.