Presidential Campaign Fail To Vet Their Supporters

The Obama and Romney campaigns are both being attacked today having failed to vet their list of supporters.

Meanwhile, Romney has similar problems of his own:

  • Dr. John Willke is the doctor who misinformed Rep. Todd Aiken that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” do not become pregnant because their bodies “shut down” due to the trauma. Aiken is under pressure to abandon his US Senate campaign against Claire McCaskill in Missouri for having given voice to such an ignorant, misogynistic point of view. Dr. Willke told The Telegraph that he had a private meeting with Mitt Romney at his Cincinnati home last October and that Romney thanked him for his support and told him, “we agree on almost everything.”

    The 87-year-old endorsed Mr. Romney’s bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination and was one of his official campaign surrogates. “I am proud to have the support of a man who has meant so much to the pro-life movement,” Mr. Romney said at the time.

  • As we reported in June, the GOP selected Yossi Gestetner as their “Jewish Outreach Director” in New York. As reported by The Jewish Channel and Vos Iz Neias, “The newly appointed Director of Jewish Outreach for New York State’s Republican party has resigned from his position after just eight days in office, calling himself a distraction to the party.” The distraction? Espousing anti-Zionist positions, among others.

    As Vos Iz Neias notes,

    “According to a report by The Jewish Channel, Gestetner’s resignation came less than thirty minutes after Josh Rubin, a reporter for NY1, asked State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox about an investigation of Gestetner by The Jewish Channel, which conducted an hour long on-camera interview with Gestetner. During that interview, Gestetner discussed several issues that may put him at odds with both the Republican party and many of New York State’s 1.6 million Jewish residents, which include his being a spokesman at a fundraiser to benefit an alleged child molester, his controversial stance on referring suspected cases of child abuse to a rabbi before alerting the authorities, his views on government assistance programs and his work for Torah True Jews Against Zionism, an anti-Israel organization that states that Zionism is contrary to Torah Judaism.”




  1. jsmagid says

    liars. The characterizations of Rabbi Gottlieb’s travel to Iran and dinner “with” Ahmadinejad are beyond misleading. The dinner was in New York and attended by 300 people including dozens of peace activists from a wide range of religious persuasions. The trip to Iran was to visit what’s left of the Iranian Jewish community.

    Gottlieb and the organization strongly disagree with the policies of the right-wing Israeli government, and hey, guess what, so do I and thousands of other American Jews, just as I disagreed strongly with the right-wing policies of the Administration of our former President, you know, the one who financially penalized Israel for building parts of the West Bank fence.

    All this and the fact of 612 other Rabbi’s on the list of Rabbinic supporters of Obama, perhaps the RJC and other apologists for rabid right-wing Republicans who seek not peace in the Middle East, but Armageddon and the 2nd coming of Christ, ought to spend more time contemplating who they stand next to.

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