A commenter talked about this letter earlier this week. From a press release.
The Jewish Political Alliance of Illinois (JPAI) today submitted 4700 signatures to Governor Rod. R. Blagojevich imploring the Governor to remove Claudette Marie Mohammed from the state Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes. All the signatures were gathered this past Sunday at the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival.
Mohammed refuses to repudiate vile comments that Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan spews regarding Jews, homosexuals, Arabs, Asians and many other segments of society. Mohammed says she â€œrespects those who practice the true tenets of their faithâ€ which is coded, hateful language toward so-called â€œfalseâ€ Jews who Farrakhan, and Mohammed implicitly, believe, among other things, â€œare a synagogue of Satan.â€ Furthermore, Mohammed refers to Farrakhanâ€™s comments as â€œallegedâ€ anti-semitism.
â€œWe collected the signatures to remind Governor Blagojevich that he will not get a free pass on this issue,â€ says Howard Handler, chairman of the Jewish Political Alliance of Illinois. â€œGovernor Blagojevich appointed a hateful, anti-semite to a commission designed to eradicate hate; this is analogous to appointing a member of the Ku Klux Klan.â€ Handler concluded, â€œa significant portion of the Jewish community is disgusted with Blagojevich and is clear he will suffer politically in November.â€
The petitions were dropped off this morning at Governor Blagojevichâ€™s Chicago campaign office at 1200 North Ashland, Suite 500. The Jewish Political Alliance of Illinois is a registered political organization which aims to further empower the Illinois Jewish community by participation in the political process; further information can be found at www.jpai.us. Further information on the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival can be found at www.jewishfestival.org; JPAI is not affiliated with the festival.
They’re a registered political committee, but they haven’t reported any fundraising yet. And Frank Avila is the group’s general counsel, whatever that means. Frank is kinda like Zelig - he pops up everywhere.
Still, that’s not an insignificant number ot of signatures to gather in one day.