The case involving Faisal Gill’s pending charge of Reckless Driving (Fairfax County General District Court Case Number GT07035772-00) has been continued from April 19th to June 21st, which postpones adjudication of this Class 1 Misdemeanor case until after the 51st District Convention. That’s unfortunate, since clearing himself of these charges before convention delegates would be asked to cast a vote for him would have answered some of what might be significant questions about his fitness for office. Instead, we will not know the outcome of this case until a nominee for the 51st District has been determined.
If the charges are baseless, I’d imagine that Faisal would be interested in clearing his name before the convention. Instead, we will surely be asked to just trust Faisal when he predictably says that the charges are baseless. The only thing is that we’ve seen this before, and voters should approach such representations with plenty of caution.
When the firm of Gill & Gallinger, of which Faisal is a partner, was cautioned by the state bar regarding an ethics complaint, Faisal Gill reported to James Young at SkepticalObserver that the complaint was dismissed, who then reported that it was time for me to eat crow. Whether it was a case of James Young misrepresenting what he heard, or of Faisal Gill reporting to him inaccurately isn’t perfectly clear, but despite all the issues I may have had with him I cannot possibly imagine that James Young would have done anything other than reliably report the information he received regarding a legal matter. The October 4th, 2006 letter from Assistant Ethics Counsel Barbara J. Balogh actually contained language cautioning Faisal Gill, which is substantially different than the representation made by Faisal Gill through James Young that there were no grounds for the ethics complaints that were filed. Since Faisal Gill has publicly commented on this matter and effectively waived his right to confidentiality, he should release this letter and demonstrate that his “trust me, this was baseless” statements then were accurate, especially since he is certainly about to make similar statements now.
Faisal is also trying to represent to others that his wearing of the uniform for campaign purposes was not a violation of DoD regulations, and is even going so far to say that his commander pre-cleared him taking campaign pictures while in uniform and then using them on his campaign materials. Most of us with any experience in the armed services find it a bit ridiculous that a commander would think he has the authority to waive DoD and Navy regulations, but this is apparently somewhat effective with those who lack such experience. Hopefully Faisal can lay out some public explanations of how to “trust me, this was baseless” on this issue as well, and allow us to evaluate why we should.
We keep hearing “trust me, this was baseless” regarding concerns over his work for the American Muslim Council while it was lead by Hamas supporter and now-convicted terrorist Abduraman Alamoudi. We heard this again about how he inconsistently disclosed information about this connection on various official documents. We heard “trust me, this is baseless” about his long-term association with Asim Ghafoor, a public supporter of imposing Sharia law in the United States. Over and over, concerns continue to be raised, and all we hear is the same thing. “Trust me, this was baseless”.
It’s starting to wear a little thin, don’t you think? Or did he just think we wouldn’t notice something like this?
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