Earlier today, JHPolitics posted a piece supposedly linking Democratic Roanoke House of Delegates candidate Sam Rasoul to terrorism. One of his donors, a group called Mar-Jac Investments, may have ties to the funding of radical Islam. As the author concludes, “Virginians deserve better than representatives who may owe favors to such nefarious figures.”
In response, Shaun Kenney at Bearing Drift points out there are several issues that ought to be addressed in this matter. One particularly pressing one is that if Mar-Jac does have a terrorist link, what does that mean for other recipients of their funds, such as Republican State Senator Dick Black, Democratic Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli? I encourage you to read his entire post.
Normally, as this issue has been picked up by Bearing Drift, I’d likely leave it as is. However, as some of my political associates have been running with Rasoul’s supposed ties to terrorism, I felt I had to offer my thoughts. Even the Republican Party of Virginia is spreading it too. Although I haven’t spent much time reading about Mr. Rasoul since he ran for House of Representatives in 2008 and almost certainly wouldn’t be supporting him in his House of Delegates race, we can’t go about grasping at straws and making wild accusations. By all means, figure out what Mar-Jac is all about. However, for anyone who seeks to condemn Rasoul for this donor, are you also willing to declare Republicans who have benefited tainted as well?
Can we please have a race where we focus on principles and substance? Or am I simply asking too much?