BIZPAC Review, a Palm Beach County, Florida website that covers local business and politics and how the two intersect, is out this morning with some breaking news that might help Republicans locally and perhaps even nationally, chip away at the Jewish vote that for decades has been among the most loyal voting blocks of the Democrat party.
The scoop centers on Evelyn Garcia, a Palm Beach County local leader who is currently a candidate for Florida State House District 88 and more important from a national news perspective, represents Palm Beach County to the Democratic National Committee.
Apparently Ms. Garcia forwarded some emails initially sent to her by the left-leaning radical group Code Pink and added her own opinions that accuse Israel of being “guilty of crimes against humanity”.
In Palm Beach County, where the Jewish vote is influential in terms of the numbers of voters and money raised for political candidates, Ms. Garcia’s emails from 2011 could possibly have an impact on the Florida Jewish voters especially paired with the photo of her with Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who also happens to the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
Here is BIZPAC Review’s headline and how they are showcasing the story.
Democratic official’s shock emails: Israel guilty of “crimes against humanity”
By: Jack Furnari
Date: July 2, 2012
Local Democrats are in an uproar about a series of emails about Israel, sent last year by one of their representatives to the Democratic National Committee, and a candidate for state representative.
In the emails, Evelyn Garcia, one of Palm Beach County’s representatives to the DNC, a Democratic Executive Committee member,and a candidate for State House, District 88, accuses Israel of “crimes against humanity” and of running “mass concentration prison camps”.
The email exchange began with Garcia forwarding an email by Code Pink, “Time for a New Middle East Policy,” which announced a conference opposing President Obama’s pandering to the, “pro-occupation lobby.”
Some of Garcia’s inflammatory quotes were: “By supporting Israeli occupation with US foreign aid, we are all complicit and guilty of their crimes against humanity.”
“And, I deeply resent US taxpayer funds being used to continue Israeli aggression (yes, confiscating other peoples’ land and building illegal settlements is aggression), not to mention “incursions” that kill PEOPLE, destroy civilian homes and infrastructure all over, mass concentration prison camps, etc,etc,etc.”
Loren Londner, one of the recipients of the emails, recently made the emails public saying, “When I heard this person was running for office, I felt the public should know about the emails.”
“This kind of speech almost qualifies as hate speech. This should be made public no matter who the person is or what their party,” said Londner.
You can read Garcia’s emails here.
Now it will be interesting to observe if this “local” story has any legs and is picked up by the national “lame-stream” media.