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Politico Bashes GOP For Anti GZ Mosque Flier

From those never politicize 9/11 folks at the Politico:

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NY-9 mailer depicts mosque, 9/11 site

By: Maggie Haberman
September 10, 2011

New York Republicans have sent out a kitchen-sink mailer in the hotly-contested Queens congressional special election depicting a mosque superimposed over the scarred Ground Zero site on one side, and Democrat David Weprin alongside President Barack Obama on the other.

The mailer is one of a string that the New York State Republican Party sent out in this close race between state Assembly member Weprin and Republican businessman Bob Turner for the 9th congressional district seat that was held by scandal-singed Democrat Anthony Weiner.

But it’s also one of the more incendiary fliers in the contest that was supposed to be a lock for Democrats in a reliably blue district, but has turned into a dogfight in which Turner has the momentum.

What is incendiary about this flier? Is it not true?

No, the real problem here is that a Republican might win Anthony Weiner’s seat – in New York City. And the Politico can’t have that.

The front of the flier features a golden-domed mosque rising in front of the demolished World Trade Center site, a shell of metal rising near a photo of Weprin and a quote of his from last September, saying: “I support the right of the mosque to build …”

The reverse page is a picture of Weprin juxtaposed against a photo of the president, and text reading: “Weprin stands with Obama — and they stand together in support of the mosque at Ground Zero.”

Again, this is all entirely true. As always, to make a Republican mad, lie about them. To anger a Democrat, tell the truth about them.

The piece was received by a registered voter in NY-9 in the past week, landing in the days leading up to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Are we supposed to see this as ironic or something?

The mosque was a major controversy around the time of last year’s 9/11 anniversary, but since then it has died down. That’s been in no small part because the mosque builders have run into several problems as they’ve tried to fundraise, raising questions about whether the project will ever even come to fruition.

Nonetheless, Turner has made political hay of it, releasing a TV ad that focused on the mosque issue.

Whether or not the mosque is having a hard time getting funds, Mr. Weprin still supports it, doesn’t he?

Last week, Democrats trying to boost Weprin released, and then tried to yank, a spot showing an airplane flying across the sky, in what was seen as an attempt to refer to the terror attacks. The spot reportedly still ended up running in New York on Friday


Obama’s numbers have flagged in that district, and if Weprin loses, it will be widely seen as a referendum against the president, regardless of the specific conditions of the race and the assemblyman’s candidacy.

So Politico is doing its best to rally the troops. They can’t have Mr. Obama ‘disrespected’ this way.

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