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NYC Bar Association Forgives Committee Chairman For Racial Slurs Against GOP’er

The New York City Bar Association will not dismiss a committee chairman from its organization who called the New York State Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor a racial slur. Attorney, Andrew J. Barovick, a partner at the White Plains and Manhattan law firm of Alegria & Barovick, stated via Twitter Monday that Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss, who also serves as the President of the New York State Sheriff’s Association, should become the “spokesmodel for Cream of Wheat or Uncle Ben’s Rice.”

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Barovick initially refused to retract his remarks for an entire day, despite public outcry for him to do so, saying that he “meant” what he said.  Barovick, who is chairman of the Medical Malpractice Committee at the New York City Bar Association, only “apologized” for the attack after members of the news media began calling his law firm for comment.

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After calls for Barovick’s removal as a committee chairman ensued, The New York City Bar Association released the below statement on its blog late Thursday:

The New York City Bar Association’s Executive Committee has conveyed to Andy Barovick its dismay at his careless use of offensive and inflammatory language in a recent tweet regarding Sheriff Christopher Moss. While noting the tweet was written in his private capacity, we stressed that such language in no way reflects our core values and runs counter to the City Bar’s continuing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and in society as a whole. We trust that Mr. Barovick will be mindful of these concerns going forward.

According to a press release from Westchester Citizens Against Racism, New Rochelle NAACP Chairman Ronald H. Williams weighed in on the incident saying, “Fifty years after the civil rights act and we still can not judge a man by the content of his character. If we are still judging people by the color of their skin then all the achievements that people of color have made mean nothing and our faith in humanity is deeply troubled.”

Spokesman for Westchester Citizens Against Racism William F.B. O’Reilly said, “The New York City Bar Association is forgoing whatever moral authority it now enjoys by keeping Mr. Barovick in a leadership role.  One wonders how the Senate Judiciary Committee would view its recommendations going forward.”

“I am more than surprised, frankly, that the New York City Bar Association would refuse take real action in light of Mr. Barovick’s clear racist attack,” said New York civil rights attorney, Richard St. Paul, in a statement. “The Bar Association is effectively condoning what Mr. Barovick did and said by allowing him to retain a leadership position at the Bar. That decision cannot stand.”

John Burnett, a New York financial professional and the 2013 Republican candidate for New York City Comptroller stated, “Mr. Barovick resorted to 1950’s Jim Crow tactics to try to belittle a man far more accomplished than he, and he cannot be allowed to get away with it.”

“Chris Moss is a man with extraordinary talent and integrity, and Mr. Barovick has deeply embarrassed himself and all those with whom he is affiliated. The New York City Bar Association must remove him from its leadership immediately,” Burnett added.

“We cannot allow racist attacks like this to go unaddressed,” said Westchester African-American activist and President of the Gathering of Men of New Rochelle Mark McLean. “We have come too far in this country to allow someone like Andy Barovick to move us backwards. The New York City Bar Association has a public responsibility to act quickly on this matter.  Allowing Mr. Barovich to remain in his leadership post would be to condone what he said.”

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Nunn: No Plans To Go To Any GA Gun Shows To Discuss Background Checks

During a radio interview this reporter conducted with Senate Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn for Sirius XM, Nunn said she had no plans to discuss her views on gun show background checks at any gun shows in Georgia this week.

“I don’t think I’ll be doing that. I have a full campaign schedule. I have talked about the fact that I’m a believer in the Second Amendment. I have a 10-yr old son who is trying to get me to get him a gun to go hunting with his grandmother, but I also believe that we should have universal background checks for protecting– keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists and those who are mentally unstable,” she said.

What about her support from former Mayor of New York Mike Bloomberg? Bloomberg, co-founder of the gun control organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has donated $5,200, the maximum amount permitted by an individual donor.

“I ‘ve been very clear about my position on guns and the Second Amendment,” Nunn said in response to those who have pointed to Bloomberg’s backing her campaign.

Bloomberg gave an additional $350,000 to a Super PAC that is backing Nunn as well, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Bloomberg previously urged New York donors to not give campaign money to Democratic Senators who voted against a plan to expand background checks on gun purchasers.

The Second Amendment issue is literally heating up at the polls. A Georgia man in Douglas County was asked to remove is NRA hat on Wednesday morning when he went to the voting booth to cast an early vote. According to WXIA, the man was told he would be unable to vote as long as he wore his NRA Instructor hat.

In response to the incident, Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett issued the following statement:

“Gun ownership is a constitutional right that Georgians – regardless of Party affiliation – support, promote, and work hard to protect.  We stand with Mr. Cobb and support his right to vote wearing the letters of an organization whose sole mission is to protect our Second Amendment rights.  We encourage Georgia voters on the right, left, and center to join us.”

Rep. Gerry Connolly’s GOP Opponent Hits Congressman for Muslim Brotherhood Support

Virginia Republican Congressional candidate Suzanne Scholte dropped a devastating political ad against her opponent Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) on Sunday night. Pointing to the Democrat’s sympathy towards the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Scholte’s ad has a Coptic Christian explaining Connolly’s ongoing support of the MB.

“While the Muslim Brotherhood was persecuting Christians; burning churches; abducting women–while they were trying to institute Shariah law throughout all phases of Egyptian society, Gerry Connolly was adamant in defending the Muslim Brotherhood and supplying them with weapons and money to promote their cause,” he says.

Connolly made his views about the military overthrow of the Morsi-Muslim Brotherhood government known last year. In a FaceBook post he said:

The violent crackdown by the Egyptian military is a serious setback in efforts toward a peaceful transition to democracy. I condemn the decision to use such deadly force against the Egyptian people and urge Egyptian authorities to seek non-violent means to begin the reconciliation process.

According to reports, an activist tied to the  Muslim Brotherhood  threw a fundraiser for Connolly in March. More recently, the Virginia congressman reportedly  said the U.S. should continue to fund the Palestinian Authority even though the organization is part of the terrorist group Hamas.