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Kaine Dumps Omeish

By Greg L | 27 September 2007 | Virginia Politics | 39 Comments

Breaking…

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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39 Comments

  1. G Man said on 27 Sep 2007 at 3:19 pm:
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    Kaine has vowed to appoint another Muslim to take Omesh’s place. Here is the story:

    http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-now-kainestatement,0,4777369.story

  2. Dave B. said on 27 Sep 2007 at 4:45 pm:
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    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,298278,00.html

    Dear God this man made a colossal blunder here. We need to hold his feet to the fire. If he makes decisions like this then what else is he doing to screw over the safety and security of the commonwealth? He won’t support his citizens desire for illegal immigration enforcement and now he hires a terrorist to oversee the very thing that he has no desire to enforce! Recall, recall, recall.

  3. Anonymous said on 27 Sep 2007 at 4:58 pm:
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    And people didn’t even get to see this gem of a video, either.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb8jKzrvT6I

    Yes, he is congratulating Palestinians on the Second Intifada.

  4. Anonymous said on 27 Sep 2007 at 5:05 pm:
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    Kaine has to go. Now.

    Any politician who chooses a terrorist - is a terrorist.

  5. Dennis said on 27 Sep 2007 at 5:44 pm:
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    Does this mean there needs to be another vote for the committee chair?

    :-)

  6. Anonymous said on 27 Sep 2007 at 5:58 pm:
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    Wait a minute. You people want to have a commission on illegal aliens, and you don’t want to invite people unless they are white and Christian? What’s wrong with this picture?

    One of the things you do when resolving such a problem is you talk to sensible people from different races, creeds, colors, nationalities and religions who can then go back and speak to their communities. Kaine may have blundered by appointing Omeish, but guaranteed he wasn’t the one to come up with the guy — and I thank my very good God that he had the good sense to ask the man to step down.

  7. Rick Bentley said on 27 Sep 2007 at 6:17 pm:
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    Of course Kaine didn’t pick him. They put everyone who donated $5000 or more to the Virginia Democratic Party in a hat and let fly randomly I suppose. With a preference towards elitists who live in gated communities, filling racial quotas, and towards putting people who DON’T REPRESENT typical American values on this “commission”.

    We shouldn’t let Kaine off easy on this. It’s time for a recall petition if you ask me. I actually voted for this guy (remember, Kilgore was no bargain [I had the misfortune to be called by each of their campaigns and polled when they were mapping out strategy - this was a choice between two shallow streams]) and I am absolutely disgusted with his brand of do-nothing liberalism. He has no sense of fairness and no concern for residents of his state, just for ideological bs.

  8. Anonymous said on 27 Sep 2007 at 6:17 pm:
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    “You people”!? Wow!

    “One of the things you do when resolving such a problem is you talk to sensible people…”

    Exactly right. That’s why he’s gone.

    This is why scrutiny is brought to bear. The Gov either didn’t know his background, or did but doesn’t care.

  9. Greg L said on 27 Sep 2007 at 6:19 pm:
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    No, but why would there be a requirement that only a person of a specified ethnicity or race be appointed to fill this position? How about finding the best qualified candidate, regardless of their race or ethnicity?

    What if Kaine had said that he required his replacement to be a Caucasian protestant? The left would be howling, and I would hope that everyone would be howling. I would.

  10. es_la_ley said on 27 Sep 2007 at 6:36 pm:
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    Hopefully, the commission will be absolutely required to follow all U.S. and Virginia laws, codes, statutes, ordinances, etc, to the letter, before rendering any action or decision.

    :)

  11. novamiddleman said on 27 Sep 2007 at 6:39 pm:
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    I agree Rick while I voted for Kilgore it wasn’t an enthusiastic vote

    Kaines only purpose is to advance the democratic party. He views everything in a political lens which is poisonous for the state of Virginia which is majority independent.

    Kaine rode in on Warners coattails
    Webb rode in on Allens errors
    and I’m afraid there will be similar stories in 2007

    its getting to the point that its hard to find someone to support its more and more truly about picking the lesser of two evils

  12. Mack said on 27 Sep 2007 at 6:52 pm:
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    Kaine wants a commission that “looks like America” I suppose.

  13. Delegate Bob Marshall said on 27 Sep 2007 at 8:27 pm:
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    If Governor Kaine had taken my recommendation to the Immigration Commission, he would not have been in political hot water. This will affect his entire political future.
    I wrote to the Governor urging that he appoint Manassas resident, Hugh Brien to the Immigration Commission. Hugh Brien is the ONLY immigrant who ever was appointed to head the US Border Patrol. Hugh was born in Ireland and became a US Citizen, the proper way.
    Delegate Bob Marshall (R-13th district, parts of Prince William and Loudoun)

  14. Anonymous said on 27 Sep 2007 at 9:22 pm:
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    Wait a minute. You people want to have a commission on illegal aliens, and you don’t want to invite people unless they are white and Christian? What’s wrong with this picture?\

    No, you * idiot - just not terrorists or thier supporters.

    Is that so hard to comprende?

    [Ed note: comment edited.]

  15. Sam said on 27 Sep 2007 at 9:46 pm:
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    “No, but why would there be a requirement that only a person of a specified ethnicity or race be appointed to fill this position?”

    I believe it would be an excellent idea for a member of the Muslim community to be a part of the group. After all, they’re one of the groups that we’re so fearful of its members being in this country illegally.

  16. Anonymous said on 27 Sep 2007 at 9:46 pm:
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    Wait a minute. You people want to have a commission on illegal aliens, and you don’t want to invite people unless they are white and Christian? What’s wrong with this picture?

    No you fuc*ing idiot. Just not a terrorist or terrorist enabler.

  17. Sam said on 27 Sep 2007 at 9:49 pm:
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    Delegate Marshall, it seems to me this area is already represented well on the commission, with your appointment as well as Jackson Miller and Jay O’Brien.

  18. Sam said on 27 Sep 2007 at 9:54 pm:
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    Anonymous, at 9:46 pm, not all Muslims are terrorists or terrorist enablers.

  19. Anonymous said on 27 Sep 2007 at 9:57 pm:
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    Sam, cry me a river.

    Unfortunately, about 99.9% of all contemporary attacks against America are by muslims.

    Are your kids worth the risk?

  20. dolph said on 27 Sep 2007 at 10:13 pm:
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    Our next immigration wave will be middle eastern. All those folks who aided the Americans in this war are desperately trying to emigrate to the United States. Millions of people are refuges now. Consulates are being established in Syria right now to process the paper work faster. Stay tuned.

  21. Sam said on 27 Sep 2007 at 10:24 pm:
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    9:57pm. Do you mean all contemporary terrorist attacks against Americans? That may be correct, although one could argue that Oklahoma City was a terrorist attack, and it was done by WASPs.

    I have a lot of friends who are Muslims and they would not hurt anyone. And did you know that the United Methodist Church has a coordinated effort with Muslims around the world to help with disaster response? They are working together to try to build a peaceful world, not one of hate.

    The people who attacked us on 9/11 were radicals of the Islamic faith — not mainstream believers.

  22. novamiddleman said on 27 Sep 2007 at 10:44 pm:
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    oh boy slippery slope time

    I am assuming that most of the people who post/read here aren’t Muslim so the majority of us have no clue what the religion actually stands for

    Heres my theory about how to “solve this issue”

    1. Educate ourselves about the muslim religion
    2. Support moderates within the muslim community

    as long as I’m here a parallel

    1. Educate ourselves about immigration law
    2. Support organizations and businesses that follow immigration law

    In both situations, as long as there is an us vs them mentality noone wins.

    There will be always be the 1% bad apple in both situations but the alternative is the status quo or an questionable campaign of trying to purge the community of an entire group of people

    Also thats why we have laws (that need to be enforced) to take care of the 1% who cause the majority of strife and conflict

  23. Sam said on 27 Sep 2007 at 10:52 pm:
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    Good thoughts, novamiddleman.

  24. Anonymous said on 27 Sep 2007 at 11:23 pm:
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    That may be correct, although one could argue that Oklahoma City was a terrorist attack, and it was done by WASPs.

    Nice try - but unsubstianted.

    The FBI worked at lightning speed to bulldoze and destroy all evidence.

    We will never know who was really behind that attack.

    Unlike every other attack, this one was clearly identified, blamed and case closed in a very short order.

    Unlike the muslims who have attacked us, McVeigh was indicted, convicted and killed very very quickly. The crime scene was very quickly erased. Just like Ruby Ridge.

    This process is apparently totally unavailable to the FBI when it comes to muslims who have done worse.

    any comments?

  25. Anonymous said on 28 Sep 2007 at 12:07 am:
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    And Timothy McVeigh was NOT a terrorist??? Of course he was.

  26. Greg L said on 28 Sep 2007 at 12:09 am:
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    McVeigh was a terrible criminal, but that has absolutely zero to do with this topic.

  27. Anonymous said on 28 Sep 2007 at 12:15 am:
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    McVeigh was a terrible criminal, but that has absolutely zero to do with this topic.

    Other than the fact that there are domestic terrorists, such as McVeigh, and Anonymous at 9:57 said most terrorist attacks on Americans have been by Muslims. I beg to differ.

  28. Anonymous said on 28 Sep 2007 at 1:22 am:
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    Other than the fact that there are domestic terrorists, such as McVeigh, and Anonymous at 9:57 said most terrorist attacks on Americans have been by Muslims. I beg to differ.

    Then back that up

  29. ManexicoResident said on 28 Sep 2007 at 8:15 am:
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    es_la_ley said on 27 Sep 2007 at 6:36 pm:
    Hopefully, the commission will be absolutely required to follow all U.S. and Virginia laws, codes, statutes, ordinances, etc, to the letter, before rendering any action or decision.

    I kinda chuckled at this one…then I thought to myself that I hope that they do indeed follow U.S. and Virginia laws, codes, statutes, ordinances, etc, to the letter…in order to get the ball rolling on deportation and border strengthening.

  30. Anonymous said on 28 Sep 2007 at 9:05 am:
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    Delegate Bob Marshall said on 27 Sep 2007 at 8:27 pm:

    Kaine missed the boat on not appointing Hugh Brien. Who knows the immigration process and what is happening on our borders better than Hugh. Maybe it was not Kaine’s intention to get the best of the best for this commission (just look at the fellow that was just forced to resign.) Kaine didn’t know of his background before he appointed him? Come on!!!!

  31. Lafayette said on 28 Sep 2007 at 9:22 am:
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    Channel 9, reporting Omesh will be speaking in Falls Church, VA today.

  32. citizenofmanassas said on 28 Sep 2007 at 9:29 am:
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    The other issue I found interesting is the reaction from the Timmy Kaine camp before he had to admit he appointed this guy to the commision. Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R) sent Timmy’s camp a letter complaining about this guy, and Timmy’s spokesman dismissed the letter as being xenophobic.

    I’m sure the spokesman is out of pre-school, therefore, he should have a bit of brain power(though he is a liberal…) to use more an argument then name calling when defending an issue that simply cannot be defended in anyway.

    The letter just suggested there were plenty of other Muslims to choose from other then this guy. Yet, that still did not stop Timmy’s spokesman from using racist language.

    Of course after Timmy accepted the resignation, the spokesman said it was a good decision, but of course did not apologize to Gilbert for running his name through the mud.

    The larger point is of course often in this debate, liberals will immediately use names such as bigots or racist to describe anyone who might be against illegal aliens. For folks who love to proclaim themselves to be smarter then everybody else, I expect more then name calling in defense of their position.

  33. anon said on 28 Sep 2007 at 9:40 am:
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    citizenofmanassas
    “I’m sure the spokesman is out of pre-school, therefore, he should have a bit of brain power(though he is a liberal…) ”

    It depends…whether it was private preschool or Kaine’s universal tax payer funded preschool? If it is the latter, I would say this brain power is probably very limited.

  34. Anonymous said on 28 Sep 2007 at 10:22 am:
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    Lafayette said on 28 Sep 2007 at 9:22 am:

    Of course he will! More rhetoric on “how he was mis-understood.”

  35. citizenofmanassas said on 28 Sep 2007 at 10:45 am:
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    Anon 9:40,

    I had not thought about that.

  36. citizenofmanassas said on 28 Sep 2007 at 10:48 am:
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    I also do not think Timmy Mcveigh did his act in the name of God.

  37. monticup said on 28 Sep 2007 at 10:53 am:
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    Tim McVeigh had a lot of help from Muslims. Oklahoma reporter Jayna Davis investigated this but she was silenced. Why was McVeigh executed so quickly? There are a lot of answered questions about McVeigh’s Muslim connection.

  38. monticup said on 28 Sep 2007 at 10:53 am:
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    Error: unanswered questions

  39. Michael said on 28 Sep 2007 at 10:10 pm:
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    Anonymous, you DON’t appoint and select people based on religion, ethnic group, gender or race. That is the whole point of the 14th amendment to be Racial, Gender, Ethnic group, and religious group BLIND. Put the portfolios in the pot with no pictures, and select based on accountability and ability, and a clear ethical past. Why people think that having everything racially, ethnically, gender and re;ligious group BALANCED is going to solve issues and debate/discuss FAIRLY on the solution better than a panel of just really smart people of BLIND selection, is beyond me and its beyond the intellectual intent of the founding fathers.
    Plain and simple the problem with the “Racial Balancing Approach” is that almost ALL people aligned that way by the groups they join only look out for their race, gender, ethnic group or religios group on these social panels and committees. They polarize eveything into a racial, ethnic group, religious group PREFERENCE solution. Thats what’s so wrong with thinking that way. Thats why this lunatic needed to be removed, and there is no reason to search for another Muslim. Why not just a smarter person? The criteria for selection needs to be individual wisdom, a just, balanced and fair brain on the individual appointed, that is appointed for his or her SKILL, EDUCATION, WISDOM, MODERATION and LEVEL-HEADEDNESS. Being a radical gender, racial, ethnic group, religious group aligned extremist should ALWAYS disqualify you from these panels.

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