Goli Ameri is back! After having run a disastrous campaign in 2004, where she raised $2,188,078 yet only managed to capture a mere 38 percent of the vote against the unpopular Democratic incumbent, David Wu, the Iranian-American wanna-be politician is in the hot waters again because of her affiliation with Senator McCain.
Two weeks ago, the staunch neo-conservative McCain showed off his singing skills during a fundraising event in South Carolina. Answering a question regarding US policy options on Iran, McCain started singing the Beach Boys song "Bomb, Bomb, Iran."
Ameri's association with the neo-conservatives is well established. In 2004 she never came out against a US war with Iran. She supported the Patriot Act and praised President Bush for having invaded Iraq. Later in 2006, she began organizing an Iranian-American lobby. At the inaugural meeting in New York, the guest of honor was no other than John Bolton, the Bush Administration's tough-talking UN Ambassador.
In addition, she is a key fundraiser for Republican Senator Gordon Smith, who spearheads legislation in the Senate to impose new sanctions on Iran.
Currently, Ameri sits on Senator McCain's fundraising committee. Her responsibilities there are to raise money for the very same Presidential candidate that openly sings about bombing Iran.
Mrs. Ameri is entitled to her opinion. In fact, in many ways, she is a role-model; unlike other Iranian-Americans, she is actively pursuing her political goals through whatever means possible.
The problem is that her goals are those of a small minority of neoconservative warmongers who believe that the US's problems in the Middle East stem from a failure to use enough military force.
In 2004, Ameri raised the majority of her funds from the Iranian-American community, but she took her cues from the Republican Party and her adviser, Karl Rove.
As she prepares for her 2008 Congressional bid, she should either run as an Iranian-American candidate, raise Iranian-American funds and listen to the concerns of Iranian-Americans. But then she should resign from McCain's committee and distance herself from his agenda. And even then, she must answer the question why Iranian-Americans should put trust in her this time around, when she betrayed their values so openly in 2004. Alternatively, she should be honest about her views and run as a Bush-McCain-neocon, follow their agenda and raise her campaign funds from their supporters as well.
As her new Congressional bid starts to take shape, she will likely find out that she cannot have it both ways.
the author: Minou Akhavan is homemaker in New England. In 2004,
she supported Goli Ameri's congressional
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