Questions Swirl Around David-Imad Ramadan in 87th HODPolitics

UPDATE:  One or two e-mails have come in with a “shame on you” or “surprised” that Bearing Drift would report on this.  Nevertheless, the debate/controversy deserves a fair and open discussion.  That’s America, folks…

The following is a guest post from Denyse Kennedy asking questions about potential House of Delegates candidate David-Imad Ramadan, a Lebanese-American candidate running against longtime conservative activist Jo-Ann Chase in the 87th House of Delegates race.  This race has remained controversial on a number of fronts, including Ramadan’s long list of endorsements and his unwillingness to reject Islamic shari’ah law.

Readers should also know that Ramadan isn’t exactly embraced by Muslims who view the “Arab Lobby” as corrupt and at the feet of the Republican leadership such as Grover Norquist and George W. Bush.  This GOP primary is probably one of the hotter races in the Commonwealth at the moment, and deserves a bit more in-depth reporting than the MSM has cared to provide.   ~SK

A FEW FACTS ABOUT DAVID RAMADAN THAT YOU NEVER SAW ON ALL THOSE MAILINGS

2 LOST YEARS – Imad Afif Ramadan (David’s real name) came to the US in 1989, supposedly to go to college, but didn’t start college until 1991. WHY would he come here and not immediately start school? What was he doing for 2 years?

BANKRUPTCY – On November 30, 1994 (right before finishing his Master’s degree in December, 1994), David filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The bankruptcy discharged 23 consumer credit accounts for a total of nearly $28,000. He ran up his bills and then walked away when he finished school. WHY would he be so irresponsible instead of paying his bills like the rest of us do?

MISSING 1ST WIFE – On December 30, 1994, a marriage license was applied for and a marriage certificate was granted to Imad Afif Ramadan and Ghanda Abdul-Rahman Zoghbi. This is not the woman that David Ramadan claims to be married to today, however, we have been unable to locate any kind of divorce record. WHERE is Ghanda, and are they really still married?

MORE SCHOOL AFTER BANKRUPTCY – David Ramadan states that he “completed graduate studies at Oxford University (Oxford, England), the American Graduate School of Business (Geneva, Switzerland), Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) and Georgetown University (Washington, DC).” REALLY? WHY would someone go on to get four more graduate certificates when they had just declared bankruptcy? How did he pay for it?

PROPERTIES “UNDERWATER” BUT STEPPED UP DONATING TO REPUBLICANS – David and his current wife Christie Wray bought a house in 2003 which they have lived in since then (more on this later). They also own a townhouse in South Riding where David’s parents and others live in. From the Loudoun County Tax records, it appears that both houses are “underwater” or close thereto. Yet between 2008 and now, he (or under the name of his business) have given over $100,000 to Republicans or Republican organizations. While I’m sure the recipients were happy to receive the donations, how many of you would be GIVING AWAY $100,000 to non-charitable causes (even if still worthy) when your homes were “underwater”? WHY would someone do that?

DEMANDING TO VOTE IN LEBANON WHILE A U.S. CITIZEN – Imad Afif Ramadan, somewhere along the line became David-Imad Ramadan and was naturalized as a U.S. Citizen. When he became a citizen, he like everyone who becomes a naturalized citizen takes an oath of citizenship that includes these words: “I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same[.]” So why did David-Imad Ramadan and two of his brothers, sign a petition on-line “…DEMAND[ING] THE RIGHT TO VOTE AS CITIZENS OF LEBANON”? WHY would someone who professes to be a ‘proud American living the American Dream” now trying to become a member of the Virginia House of Delegates who would make our laws, be so blatantly willing to break our laws and his Oath of Allegiance to our Country by trying to vote in Lebanon?

David calls himself a “pundit” and says he is a “frequent guest on Al-Jazeera.” Yes, the same Al-Jazeera that is totally owned, run, and funded by the Emir of Qatar. Dr. Judea Pearl, father of Daniel Pearl, the journalist who Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admitted beheading, stated that: “Their [Al-Jazeera’s] unconditional support of Hamas terror in Gaza, the Hezbollah takeover in Lebanon, and the Syrian and Iranian regimes betrays any illusion that democracy and human rights are on Al-Jazeera’s agenda – weakening the West is their first priority.” According to Accuracy in Media, “This is the Arab network primarily known as a mouthpiece for Al Queda, but which has also been inciting violence against U.S. Troops.” So WHY would David Ramadan associate himself with Al-Jazeera and, even more curiously, boast that he is a pundit for the mouthpiece of Al Queda?

THE GROUND ZERO MOSQUE LETTER

On August 17, 2010, David Ramadan, was one of the signers of what has come to be known as the “Ground Zero Mosque Letter” which called on Republican Party to drop its opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque. The letter argues that the GOP’s opposition threatens the rights of Muslims and that its criticism will backfire politically. Among those signing the letter along with David Ramadan are:

Suhail Kahn: Kahn’s father Mahboob Khan was a founder of the Islamic Society of North America which the government now says is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood. Speaking at ISNA’s 1999 conference Kahn said “The early Muslims loved death, dying for sake of almightly Allah, more than the oppressors loved life.”

Samah Norquist: Wife of Grover Norquist, who has aligned himself with the Muslim Brotherhood on this topic, was Sr. Advisor to Arab and Muslim Outreach for the U.S. Agency for International Development under the Bush Administration.

Randa Fahmy Hudome: An international political consultant, her firm Fahmy Hudome, International took on the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi as a client and achieved the goal of getting Libya removed from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.

WHY was David included as a signer of the Ground Zero Mosque letter along with this group of people?

  • Henry Ryto

    Shaun,

    I would no more expect Ramadan to reject shari’a than for one of we Catholics to reject canon law or the Magistruum. It’s part and parcel of Islam.

  • http://www.shaunkenney.com Shaun Kenney

    Very true, Henry. Then again, canon law doesn’t say that the testimony of a woman is worth half of that of a man, or that of a non-Muslim is worth half that of a Muslim, or that apostates deserve the death penalty, etc.

    I don’t say that to muddy the waters, but I do say this to emphasize that there is very little equivalence between canon law and shariah other than form. The *substance* is far different…

    With regards to Ramadan, it is certainly bothering a lot of folks that David is unwilling to push off. Frankly, being Lebanese, he’s seen the effects of shariah — he knows what it did to Beirut. One would think Ramadan would be the very first to condemn shariah.

  • http://www.bvbl.net Greg L

    What a load of garbage. Jo-Ann Chase must be getting really desperate to claim that having an “underwater mortgage” means that you’re not cash-flow positive. Someone this confused about finance to this extent probably shouldn’t be let anywhere near a budget.

    Here’s an opportunity to actually learn about David rather than get sucked in by the Jo-Ann Chase hyperbole: http://vimeo.com/27098888

  • kelley in virginia

    ok, i’ll bite. to whom did this man give money? should I look under VPAP? would it be listed under Ramadan?

  • William

    Ramadan is boasting of a $500,000 budget in the primary alone. Where is this money coming from? He’s lavishing it on Republicans locally and statewide. The idea that this is coming from womens’ health clubs in the Middle East just doesn’t pass the smell test. These franchises are cheap to get into, because essentially they buy you a modestly paid job. So again where does this wealth come from?

  • Aaron

    Ramadan HAS rejected Shari’ah law. You can find it on the web. The other stuff in this post is just pure trash. The Chase campaign is clearly desperate, and now must rely on this crap in order to try to save its flailing campaign. Why doesn’t the Chase campaign just come out, finally be honest about something, and say it: “I’m a Christian, he’s a Muslim, now go and vote!” why? Because that would be to OVERTLY racist and intolerant; so therefore, instead, they do it COVERTLY, with unsubstantiated rumor and innuendo, or take small facts and blow them up to over-sized proportions, and this post is a perfect example.

    To review, this post is trying to say, without a firm factual basis in which to do so, that somehow David: hid in the shadows for two years before going to college, like some “sleeper cell” –crap; declared bankruptcy for some nefarious reason — crap; was somehow not allowed to further his education after filing bankruptcy (I thought that is what we do here in America, try to better ourselves after failure) — crap; has some hidden first wife, or is a polygamist in some desperate muslim stereotype — double crap; tried to vote in America and Lebanon –you better look into that crap more seriously, as it is false, and therefore — crap; was a supporter of Al-Jezeera, even tho he went on there as an advocate for the American position in every debate (so I guess when a conservative goes on CNN, they are a “mouthpiece” for the liberal left — crap; and finally, how dare Ramadan take a constitutional position on the freedom of religion in this country and advocate that the Republican Party, his political party, reconsider its position….wow, that NEVER happens in our party, does it Shaun? We NEVER think the establishment in our party should EVER re-think its stance on things….What ever happened to our God-given right to express our opinions, even if they are not always popular, and the respect of others to do so? I may not agree with his position on this point, BUT HE HAS AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO IT UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT. Again, this is political nonsense on the part of the Chase campaign, and is even more evidence of why she should not be the Republican nominee for this HOD seat.

  • Aaron

    Oh yeah, and lest I forget one other point made in this post above, how dare Ramadan buy property in Northern Virginia when the market is good and somehow now be “underwater” on it, even though I assume he is current on his mortgage payments…that NEVER happens here in America! No one but Ramadan is upside-down on his home’s loan-to-value right now, RIGHT?? Geeeeez, next thing you know, the Chase campaign will allege that Ramadan has high cholesterol….more crap.

  • Jackie

    Uh, Ramadan says he’s a muslim to some people, an apostate to others and then a Christian at other times. This is typical of those who have something to hide and are trying to infiltrate. So Aaron knows nothing about the real Ramadan and is taking him at face value and his campaign workers have been puncturing Chase’s tires and also removing her signs so how’s that for desperation? In his most recent email Ramadan says he is serving the 87th district. Ok really, the election hasn’t happened yet, so please gimme a break. Now who’s desperate that people are puncturing tires and breaking all the rules on where signs should be placed?

  • Monica

    Kent Clizbe tried to question Ramadan, but he went hiding in a bathroom for 15 minutes till his supporters came.

    http://novatownhall.com/2011/07/10/who-is-david-ramadan/

    Kent posts on Big Peace and has a book coming out soon on Russian espionage. So who’s the buffoon now?

  • Monica

    Kelley, if you look at VPAP, Ramadan gave 70,000 to McDonnell, 20,000 from his account and 50,000 from a person who works with Curves, which Ramadan runs in India and a few other places. So Ramadan goes around giving money to all his GOP buddies statewide and locally and poof a new endorsement comes out. Her campaign refrained from posting all the names who took money from Ramadan and then gave him an endorsement.

  • http://www.bvbl.net Greg L

    Clizbe is a complete loon. The first paragraph of his ridiculous hit piece confirms it.

    As for whether Ramadan has been sneaking around at night slashing Jo-Ann Chase’s tires, I’d like to see either the court evidence documenting that or a retraction. Not smart to wrongly accuse others of criminal behavior and pray that some degree of anonymity on a blog will shield someone from civil action. I’ve been subpoenaed for information regarding defamatory comments in the past and quickly turned over the IP addresses and other information needed to identify the individual who posted them.

  • publius

    is it April 1 today? why is this post here?

  • William

    Speaking of “cash flow positive”, is Greg L. doing paid work for Ramadan?

  • Lynn Fairchild Martin

    This article is completely inappropriate and not what I would have thought befitting of Bearing Drift.

  • Barbara Munsey

    I’ve never posted here before, and probably never will again, but this is really rather amazing.

    At least it is a guest post, and the only way it will cling to you is in your poor judgement in promoting it.

    What a collection of heavy breathing! Something goes in one paragraph from “appearing” to be underwater to being fact?

    Is there only one Imad Afif Ramadan on earth? Ever google your own name? There are several of me, and I’ve never served on the school board in Maine!

    I have heard the other side of the cut and paste Clizbe hitpiece–David’s “henchmen” were a former LCRC chair and two prominent Christians in the Tea Party movement. Unless the man with the book to sell and the guy who arranged the meeting (conveniently anonymous in the piece) were camped outside the bathroom, I guess they really had no way of knowing that David was in line to get coffee with his “henchmen”.

    Someone posted at novatownhall purporting to “prove” that attacking David isn’t about religion, since his opponent once supported Romney “in spite of” his Mormon faith–can we look forward to a guest piece on what’s wrong with Mormons?

    David is someone I have known for years, and has stated to me he believes in only one law in this country, and that is the Constitution. I have no reason to disbelieve that.

    To take something like 9-11 and world terrorism, and use that legitimate concern to magnify fear over someone who is a citizen, an active Republican, and a nice guy is low, even for northern VA politics.

    Add this to the Clizbe hitpiece for some new lows in blogging.

    The poster who said “vote for the Christian” about has it right. Are there no issues relating to taxes, infrastructure, service in the 87th?

    Maybe you all should find some before November.

  • JTR

    This is unsubstantiated crap. Mr. Ramadan is an immigrant, yes born in Lebanon, but has studied and made a choice and oath to be a US citizen and support our and now his constitution. More than most of those would promote this crap having their citizenship as a GIFT.

  • LoudounGOPer

    I expected more from a well known blog like Bearing Drift. This whole article is filled with lies, distortions, and inaccuracies. I am shocked that BD would print garbage like this. Shame on you, and “Denyse Kennedy” who oddly enough writes very much like Jo-Ann Chase’s campaign manager. Go figure. Love Denyse’s fake FB page too. heh. Looks like she sucked in a few friends from here. It appears you aren’t as smart as I gave you credit for being. I am disappointed that you fell for this dribble. Don’t think I’ll be back.

  • chili palmer

    Instead of dealing in facts, the negative commenters here use ridicule and shame, eg I’m surprised that a blog of this quality….Radical leftists and establishment GOP/Bush dynasty types make these kinds of comments in my experience. They know ridicule works so they use it. There are plenty of other places to look for information about this fraud Ramadan.

  • Barbara Munsey

    chili, how do the ad hominem attacks bolster your point?

    Calling someone you disagree with “Radical leftists and establishment GOP/Bush dynasty types” sight unseen and facts uncited sounds an awful lot to me, in my experience, like calling someone a stealth jihadi and radical Islamist because they have an Arabic last name.

    Your comment has as much substance as the so-called articles the majority here are criticizing.

  • GMU

    Ikhras responded to this article.

    David “Go GOP” Ramadan Fails To Make Himself Less Repulsive

    http://ikhras.com/2011/08/david-go-gop-ramadan-fails-to-make-himself-less-repulsive/