Report: Quinn Campaign Promotes Controversial Column [AUDIO]
The Washington Free Beacon has details on a story that could land Governor Pat Quinn's campaign in hot water with the Illinois Jewish community...and perhaps voters at-large.
The piece by Adam Kredo says someone using the campaign's Twitter account tweeted out and then quietly deleted several messages urging backers to read an article comparing black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis.
The original story came from Chicago Sun-Times writer Neil Steinberg, whose column argued that black supporters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (like former State Sen. Reverend James Meeks) are similar to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis against their brethren.
Quinn’s camp praised the piece and tweeted it out to supporters several times. The tweets were deleted after local Jewish community officials quietly communicated their outrage to the governor.
“If Rauner is willing to throw his own money away like this, what’s he going to do when he gets his hands on ours?” read one now-deleted tweet from Quinn’s campaign account.
Perhaps this kind of divisive, incendiary campaigning shouldn't be a surprise after Quinn hired the former campaign manager of far,far left New York City mayor Bill de Blasio to direct his re-election effort.
Kredo writes that his sources say that the heads of several major Jewish organizations personally registered their outrage with Quinn. No comment from the Quinn campaign was available.
The Republican National Committee was out quickly with a statement from Orlando Watson, RNC Communications Director for Black Media:
“It’s beyond unbecoming of a Governor to insinuate that any black person who disagrees with him is a race traitor. The only traitor here is Quinn, who, after winning support from black voters in 2010, has failed to create real job opportunities for those who need it most and continues to block children from access to quality schools. There’s a reason why black voters in Illinois are dropping Quinn and supporting Rauner: it’s Governor Quinn’s abysmal record in the black community.”