Three retired generals have signed a "security alert" for the constituency of Congressman Duncan Hunter, claiming that his challenger Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar is a national security threat.
The claim was spread by the hunter The campaign was immediately denied by Campa-Najjar, whose team denounced the letter as part of a racist, xenophobic and defensive assault series against the challenger.
Campa-Najjar is a Mexican-American Palestinian. His paternal grandfather was Muhammad Yusuf al-Najjar, head of the Fatah secret service, the political party founded by Palestinian political leader Yasser Arafat.
Some Fatah members formed the organization Black September, a terrorist group responsible for a series of attacks against Israelis, including the killing of 1
Campa-Najjar has abandoned the attacks and never met his grandfather, who died 16 years before his birth. Nevertheless, the three generals emphasized in their letter the family background of the candidate.
"If Democratic candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar were to be elected and see secret information about US military operations endangering the members of his Najjar family in the Middle East, they would compromise US operations to protect his relatives, the Najjars ? ", it says in the letter. "We would not risk the lives of our troops, and we hope you will not."
The generals were retired Brigadier General Terry Paul and retired Major Generals Randall West and T.L. Corwin. Nobody responded to phone news on Monday.
"There are many negative political campaign hits in the history of Californian politics that are filled with misleading and deceptive information, but Rep. Hunter's personal hatred and dislike knows no bounds," said Campa Najjar spokesman Nick Singer in a statement. "We call on responsible members of the republican leadership to condemn and blame Rep. Hunter for this racist, hateful propaganda."
Singer added that Campa-Najjar underwent an FBI background check when he was working for the Department of Labor under former President Barack Obama
The retired generals who have signed the letter are all registered lobbyists have lobbied for legislation in front of the Army Force Committee, which Hunter joined.
According to federal librarians signatories of the letter work for the lobby firms Cassidy & Associates, Robison International Inc. and Blank Rome Government Relations LLC.
Hunter spokesman Mike Harrison said the retired generals had written the letter independently of the campaign, but the campaign distributed it.
Harrison denied that the recent campaign attacks had been racist, and said that congressmen consider the issues raised by the campaign to be important to Atlantic security and just a statement of the facts.
"It has nothing to do with race, it has nothing to do with being a Palestinian," Harrison said. "If you had a person of a different race … it would justify the same concern."
The Hunter Campaign has also made an edition of Campa-Najjar's recent name change, from Ammar Yasser Najjar to Ammar Campa-Najjar. According to the candidate, he used the name Campa-Najjar for years to honor his mother's side and merely formalized it with a legal name change.
"I felt Campa was more transparent than less, and skipping that part of my heritage would be to leave out those stories that show who I am," Campa-Najjar said during a recent interview with him and several members of the Campa side the family.
Hunter, 41, of Alpine, represents a highly republican district with El Cajon, Alpine, Escondido, and parts of Riverside County. His indictment – on charges he denies – has made the race more competitive than it could otherwise be.
His campaign recently focused on Campa-Najjar's legacy, including an attack ad with many of the same themes struck by the generals. 19659002] Two weeks ago, 70 national security experts signed a letter on behalf of Campa-Najjar.
"The ad contains little facts, but long on some of the darkest forces of our society – bigotry, xenophobia and racism," Brief said. "It makes unfounded allegations based on nothing other than Campa-Najjar's heritage and color of skin that his opponent has repeated on the campaign.
" Campa-Najjar, like us all, served his country as a public official That is why the groundless claim that it is somehow a "security threat" is an affront to our professionalism as national security experts, our American values and our collective national dignity. " Signatories include Anthony Blinken, a former Deputy National Security Advisor, and Matt Olsen, former director of the National Counter-Terrorism Center
Campa-Najjar, 29, of Jamul, often talks about his belief in the election campaign. he is a Christian, and during a telephone interview, his family members said that most of the tired Catholic side of his family and Campa-Najjar himself was baptized many years ago in the EastLake Church.