6:04 pm Sep. 20, 2012
Next Monday, Republican congressional candidate Dan Halloran, who has made a highly public show of support for Israel, will appear with the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Peter King of Long Island for a topical discussion of events in the Middle East.
The topic: "Will the U.S. be pressured by Egypt to release Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman?"
The event is being organized by the 5 Towns Jewish Times, a weekly newspaper that lists as its mission: "showing the best of our Orthodox Jewish community, while reflecting reality," and will take place on September 24 at the newspaper's office in Cedarhurst, on Long Island.
That a newspaper would host a topical discussion catering to their readership isn't new. But unlike most events organized by news outlets, this one isn't just a platform to hear a politician: it's also a chance to support Halloran.
According to an invitation for the event, which was passed along to me by a reader who received it, the "minimum donation" to attend the event is $180, and, like most fund-raisers, it contains a list of chairpersons and co-chairpersons. I called the number on the invitation and the man who answered confirmed the event is a fund-raiser for Halloran and is being organized by the newspaper.
Halloran, a City Councilman in Queens and a former police officer, is running against Democratic Assemblywoman Grace Meng.
As for the topic of discussion, the administration has said it has no plans to release Abdel Rahman, also known as the "Blind Sheikh."
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