David Ramadan Overcompensates, Politicizes What Should Be A Non-Political Day Of American Pride

By Loudoun Insider

David Ramadan, candidate for the 87th House of Delegates seat, went way overboard today, organizing a prayer vigil in Leesburg for the victims of 9/11.  I would have no problem at all with someone like Arlie Whitlow or Mark Gunderman organizing such an event, but a political candidate on this important day after???  No thanks.  Ramadan sent out a mass email touting this today (provided below the fold, along with his “statement ” about the events, as if a state house candidate should put out such a statement) and has ELEVEN different posts on his Facebook page about the events of yesterday.

I think Ramadan is way overcompensating for his Muslim heritage.  This is Loudoun County, a diverse NOVA jurisdiction, not south central Virginia.  Embrace your heritage and stop overcompensating – it only makes you look weak and reactive.  Today’s event is nothing more than shameless politicizing of what should be a non-political day of American unity.  Regardless of the “NO POLITICAL SIGNS” statement on his email invite, there can be no doubt this was a politically motivated stunt.  Couldn’t we go without the politics for one day???  Especially this one???

UPDATE:  Why am I not surprised???  Ken Reid was involved in this as well.  His email is provided below the Ramadan emails after the fold.

Friends:

 

Please consider this an INVITATION to a THANK YOU PRAYER!

11am today at King & Market in Leesburg. (directions)
Join us today to pray for the souls of Americans who died on September 11, 2001 AND pray for the troops. 

 

Note: NO POLITICAL SIGNS. BRING FLAGS. 

 
Sincerely,
David Ramadan  

 

Friends:

 

Justice has been served. Members of our courageous US military shot and killed Osama bin Laden, the terrorist responsible for the attack on America on September 11, 2001.

I second President Bush in saying: “This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.” 

God Bless the United Stated of America.
 
Sincerely,
David Ramadan

_______________________________________________________

Dear Friends
>
> We are all very pleased with our military and intelligence community for striking down terrorist Osama Bin Laden over the weekend.
>
> Today at 11 a.m., many of us will be gathering at King & Market Streets or near the Bible Reading Marathon in front of Shoes, Cup and Cork, to do a silent vigil in memory of the 3,000 whom Al Qaeda killed on 9/11/01.  I will be bring a Hebrew bible from the 18th Century.  Please bring any appropriate signs, flags at 11 a.m. today.
>
> And above all, thank our President and military and CIA folks for bringing Bin Laden down.
>
> — Thank you.
>
> Ken Reid
> Editor&  Publisher
> Washington Information Source Co.


Comments

  • BlackOut says:

    Good observation! I thought the same thing when I got the patronizing email.

  • DC Beltway Bandit says:

    Ramadan’s prayer group is beyond self serving it is down right repugnant, who ever is advising him and/or his campaign needs to do some soul searching. If this is his PR genius at work, she needs to evaluate her morals. Where is their decency?

  • Verbal Kint says:

    No politics? No signs? Yet Ramadan praises Bush but no mention of praise for Obama. Even Gov. McDonnell understood praising the commander in chief was in order today. Are there any candidates for office this year that aren’t a disaster?

  • LloydTheIdiot says:

    I feel like he was damned if he did, damned if he didn’t. Given the circumstances, I think he did the only thing he really could do.

  • I don’t know, Lloyd. I had no inclination to hold a rally or prayer service or whatever. You didn’t. I don’t know that any candidates besides David did. Why did he need to do anything more than what any other one of us did.

    The “overcompensation” idea does seem to apply here. I’ve been working on a post about David and the strangeness of the “protest” a couple weeks ago and my impression is he did raise some eyebrows; overcompensation might partially explain it.

  • P.S. “No political signs”?? Who would have thought of bringing a “political sign” anyway? That would have just been stupid – and certainly not in need to a warning not to do it. So there seems to be a bit of the “thou protesteth too much” thing happening.

  • BlackOut says:

    Wasn’t there a reference somewhere that this was a joint gathering with Ken Reed being involved.

  • Loudoun Sidelines says:

    This was Ken’s idea and then he reached out to David to help promote the event. 

    Dear Friends
    >
    > We are all very pleased with our military and intelligence community for striking down terrorist Osama Bin Laden over the weekend.
    >
    > Today at 11 a.m., many of us will be gathering at King & Market Streets or near the Bible Reading Marathon in front of Shoes, Cup and Cork, to do a silent vigil in memory of the 3,000 whom Al Qaeda killed on 9/11/01.  I will be bring a Hebrew bible from the 18th Century.  Please bring any appropriate signs, flags at 11 a.m. today.
    >
    > And above all, thank our President and military and CIA folks for bringing Bin Laden down.
    >
    > — Thank you.
    >
    > Ken Reid
    > Editor&  Publisher
    > Washington Information Source Co.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Nice BDF reference with the misspelling, BlackOut! And why am I not surprised that Larry Roeder would comment in song!

    That’s the second example of that Ken Reid email, I’ve seen, so I am adding him to this travesty. Of course I am not surprised at all that he would be involved in something like this.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    I am pretty much on Lloyd’s take with this–after the uproar over David as “stealth jihadi”, it was logical to expect that if he didn’t participate then he’d be criticized for that.

    Larry, I see you posted that at progress as well. Nice song, and you have nothing further to add? Okay.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    If he didn’t participate??? Come on, by all appearances he put this together (except for the one comment above saying Ken Reid started it). I don’t think he is a stealth jihadi, and the protest was overboard, but this is not the answer to that.

  • BlackOut says:

    The Reed idea and the Ramadan action isn’t the crime of the century, heck it barely ticks the interest meter. However, it does show poor judgment. Especially with the Ramadan inference it’s not political, it’s political promotion. “Don’t bring political signs” = but think of me as a candidate for political office. “Thank GWB, no mention of CIC” = I am all about partisan politics and I am pandering. It’s all just tacky.

    I doubt he has advisors so early in his campaign. Otherwise someone could have talked some sense into him. At the least advised him on how to promote this. Amateur politics, but very typically Loudoun.

  • Eric the 1/2 Troll says:

    Reid and Ramadan – tasteless…crass and tasteless…

    And this is just plain weird:

    “I will be bring a Hebrew bible from the 18th Century…”

    Does that make it EXTRA holy, Ken?

  • David skiles says:

    LI: I did not have a “cow”, I simply wanted to provide my thoughts on the subject and was you so often say “That’s my opinion and I have a right to say so.”

    I see no need to be nasty about it. You wrote your post and I provided an alternate point of view. Furthermore, just so your readers understand, given that your use of the word “team” might imply I am on staff. I do not work for Ramadan. He is a friend of mine, whom I’ve known for many years.

    Thanks, LI. I hope all is well.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    “Does that make it EXTRA holy, Ken?”

    Thank you for that example of “tasteless and crass”, Eric. Suits to a tee.

  • Eric the 1/2 Troll says:

    Hmmm…Barb….tasteless and crass? Perhaps a little harsh…but apt.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    I thought the King James version was extra holy — no matter when it was printed.

  • RWN says:

    2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    Wonderful words by the Apostle Paul.

  • TrueNorth says:

    I too was taken aback when I received that email. I heard that only 3 people showed up including the two gentlemen. I hope they also prayed that no one else noticed their countervailing meeting, but I don’t think so.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    That’s the second report I’ve heard of three people at the event.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I wasn’t being nasty about it, David. Chill out. I think the post was necessary because Ramadan needs a course correction. You may not be part of the paid team, but I knew what blog would provide the counter attack!

  • David Skiles says:

    This isn’t Gettysburg, it was not a counter attack. It was an alternate point of view.

    I can think of plenty of ways you could have provided a “course correction” without taking it to the blogosphere. Perhaps a phone call to chat about it might have been more appropriate.

    Thanks.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Why are you so damn testy about this? It wasn’t an alternate point of view, it was telling me my post was unnecessary and pointless. Which is exactly how I felt about the prayer vigil, apparently attended by three people. I’ve never spoken to Ramadan on the phone. As someone pointed out above, his campaign team should have caught this first. They’re the ones getting paid to do a job, not me. I simply continue to point out political inanity.

  • Eric the 1/2 Troll says:

    “Wonderful words by the Apostle Paul.”

    Was he around in the 18th century?

  • RWN says:

    Eric – I’m sure you can figure that one out, but I’d be glad to sit down and chat if you don’t find the answer.

  • […] LI’s comment just reminded me, he did a post last week on what he labeled Mr. Ramadan’s “overcompensation” with the public prayer after bin Laden’s death was announced. I think this really ties into […]

  • Nancy says:

    What I find really interesting is that neither Reid or Ramadan knew about the Bible reading just around the corner going on that day. In the spirit of unity and all….

  • Nancy says:

    Some of the links above show Ramadan holding perhaps a Bible, though now he freely admits he is a Muslim. So what is it? Why didn’t he in the spirit of diversity and community go and stand with the Bible readers?

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