Political Influence Operation
Date: June 25, 2010
CAIR called on Republican Party leaders to repudiate “Islamophobic” remarks by Tennessee GOP congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik who opposes the construction of a new mega-mosque complex in Murfreesboro, TN.
“State and national Republican leaders must repudiate Ms. Zelenik’s extremist and un-American remarks and address the growing perception that their party promotes Islamophobia and intolerance against minorities,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
The press release went on to list several of CAIR’s recent attacks on congressional candidates, some of which are chronicled in the recent CAIR Observatory study regarding CAIR’s “Summer of Censorship.”
On June 16 the Center for Security Policy sent a letter to Tenessee congressional candidate, Lou Ann Zelenik, concerning CAIR’s unregistered foreign agent status. The letter identified that by openly denouncing Zelenik and attempting to tarnish her standing with Republican Party leaders, CAIR’s actions constitute a foreign influence operation. A copy of the letter was also sent to Bureau Chief Heather Hunt of the Foreign Agents Registration Unit at the Department of Justice.