Former Republican City Council Candidate Bob Capano has been hacking away at the opposition on his computer issuing statements going after Bay Ridge Islamic activist Linda Sarsour for her more outrageous anti-police rhetoric and lawless behavior --- The once [and future?] GOP City Council Candidate again goes after Linda Sarsour and NYC Councilman Vinny Gentile in a series of E-Mail releases
"FORMER DIRECTOR OF BROOKLYN COMMUNITY BOARDS SAYS LINDA SARSOUR DOES NOT BELONG ON COMMUNITY BOARD 10 AFTER HER PARTICIPATION IN ANTI-POLICE DEMONSTRATION -- CAPANO SAYS SARSOUR’S ANTI-POLICE VIEWS DOES NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF BAY RIDGE & DYKER HEIGHTS"* --- ROBERT CAPANO, E-MAILED PRESS RELEASE
__________________________*Note: Emphasis and Caps were Mr. Capano's
Mr. Capano, was Director of Community Boards under former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, today called on Linda Sarsour to resign from Community Board 10 or for Borough President Eric Adams and Councilman Gentile to not re-appoint her after a video showed her participating in an anti-police protest and getting arrested. His thoughts were contained in three similar E-mail releases that were distributed to separate mailing lists maintained by Capano.
Since Mr.Capano also was the Republican, Conservative, and Independence party candidate against Gentile in 2009, one cannot escape concluding that these releases definitely look like they have a political purpose that goes beyond bashing Ms. Sarsour and the Democrat officeholders that Capano mentioned.
According to Capano's statement --- “When I was director of Brooklyn community boards, I always recommended to the Borough President individuals for appointment who were in touch with the general values and needs of a community. Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights has always been communities known for their strong support of the NYPD and the 68th Precinct. Linda Sarsour, through her active participation at this protest where vile statements were made against the NYPD, and where she was arrested, demonstrates that she does not represent the values of the community and should not be a member of Community Board 10. She should resign. If she does not, Councilman Gentile and Borough President Adams should finally say ‘enough is enough’ with her pattern of irresponsible and extreme actions and make sure she is not re-appointed.”
FACTUAL BACKGROUNDOn Thursday, December 3rd, protesters led by something called "The Justice League of New York" protested against the NYC Police Department outside of Gracie Mansion. Video from the event showed a protester yelling in the face of a police officer, “Nobody looks at you like a hero, just a racist.” In addition, there were repeated chants at that demonstration about “the violence of the racist police." The video also showed a number of protesters being arrested, including Linda Sarsour, the Islamic activist from Bay Ridge.
CAPANO SAYS SARSOUR’S ANTI-POLICE VIEWS DO NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF BAY RIDGE & DYKER HEIGHTSReflecting on what he saw in the video, Bob Capano made note of the following: “Having been born and raised in Bay Ridge, I know that these comments do not represent the community. Maybe Chairman [of Board 10] Brian Kieran should call for a vote expressing the support of Community Board 10 for the NYPD to demonstrate that Linda Sarsour does not represent the views of the board, Bay Ridge, or Dyker Heights.”
Maybe it's just me, but maybe -- just maybe -- this is beginning to look a lot like a budding political campaign for something.
** NOTE: A link to the video referred to by Mr. Capano is at: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/12/04/black-lives-matter-protester-walks-up-to-nypd-officer-delivers-shockingly-nasty-message-to-his-face/