Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Good For Them

It’s not often I’ll praise a Republican campaign, but I’ll give a nod to the campaign of Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart that dismissed a campaign volunteer for telling a voter that Barack Obama — “the other one” — is a Muslim.

The assertion came in a phone call to Maria Levrant who said she was shocked by the ”flagrant lie.”

Obama, who was born in Hawaii to parents who did not practice any religion, is Christian. But the rumor he is Muslim has swirled on the Internet for months. The Obama campaign has even set up a website to refute the claim.

Levrant, an aide to Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson, said she was cleaning her house Monday when a volunteer from Diaz-Balart’s campaign called, asking if she was supporting the Republican congressman along with Republican presidential nominee John McCain.


”Congressman Diaz-Balart has a history of serving with integrity and respect and rejects misrepresentations about other political candidates regardless of party,” said spokesman Carlos Curbelo. ”This has been made clear to all volunteers.”

I wonder if the campaign is applying the same standards to what they say about Raul Martinez, their opponent in the local race.