Dr. Esam Omeish, Governor Kaine’s appointee to the Virginia Commission on Immigration, has resigned from the commission today. Governor Kaine was questioned earlier today about his appointment of a known islamist radical to this commission, but claimed ignorance of Omeish’s background. At least this guy is off the commission, but so far Governor Kaine hasn’t answered why he appointed this guy to the commission in the first place.
Now about some of these other appointees, stay tuned. I think there might be a few more stories to tell.
UPDATE: The Washington Post Blog has an official statement from the Governor:
I have accepted Dr. Esam Omeish’s resignation as one of the 10 gubernatorial appointees to the 20-member Virginia Commission on Immigration. Dr. Omeish is a respected physician and community leader, yet I have been made aware of certain statements he has made which concern me. Dr. Omeish indicated that he did not want this controversy to distract from the important work of the Commission. I intend to name another representative of the Muslim community to the Commission in the near future.
Great. I wasn’t aware that there were racial or ethnic quotas for the membership of this commission. Has anyone other than me noticed that Kaine hasn’t appointed a single person that recognizes that we actually have an illegal alien problem within the Commonwealth?
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