Designated Terrorist Group CAIR is demanding that Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz remove Kevin Kookogey (photo right) as his state chairman for Tennessee because of his longstanding support for anti-Islamization and anti-sharia causes. (Making it one of the best reasons to support Ted Cruz for president)
The Venture “If Senator Cruz chooses to keep Mr. Kookogey on his campaign staff, it would serve as an endorsement of anti-Muslim hate,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. “In the past few months, Senator Cruz has attended several conferences featuring notorious Islamophobes like Robert Spencer and Frank Gaffney. Despite calls to distance himself from such anti-Muslim bigots, it seems that Senator Cruz is only drawing closer to hate-mongers.”
As chairman of the Williamson County Republican Party, Kookogey oversaw the adoption of a resolution condemning Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam for appointing a Muslim lawyer to the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development.
The resolution stated in part:
“Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has elevated and/or afford preferential political status to Sharia adherents in Tennessee, thereby aiding and abetting the advancement of an ideology and doctrine which is wholly incompatible with the Constitution of the United States and the Tennessee Constitution.”
In 2011, the Williamson County Republican Party hosted a luncheon to honor Dutch politician Geert Wilders. Wilders has proposed putting a tax on Islamic head scarves (hijab) worn by Muslim women.
When annoucing Kookogey’s addition, Cruz praised Kookogey for his conservative principles. “His experience and knowledge of both the landscape in Tennessee and the issues that matter to Tennesseans will be critical components to our success in the Volunteer State,” Cruz said.
The Cruz campaign and Kookogey did not return a message seeking comment. Worries about the spread of Shariah have surfaced in several states in recent years, often resulting in proposals to restrict the use of foreign law in state courts.
In January, CAIR issued an open letter to potential Republican presidential candidates urging them to reject Islamophobia and to reach out to American Muslim voters. (Obviously, CAIR, you were ignored)
UPDATE A spokesman for the presidential campaign for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz fired back at recent criticism over the decision to make a controversial Williamson County Republican the campaign’s Tennessee chairman, calling those remarks “absurd.” “It is absurd to suggest that being a defender of American law under the United States Constitution is somehow “Islamophobic.”
The resolution doesn’t mention anyone by name, but it was a clear criticism of pro-sharia Samar Ali, a Muslim attorney who worked for the state for about 18 months. “RESOLVED that the Williamson County Republican Party hereby opposes Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s recent appointment of a Shariah compliant finance expert to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development,” states a copy of the resolution, according to Tennessean archives.