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Wednesday, March 20, 2002
ASUC Candidates meeting tonight, so there's a couple of things from that worth posting.
1. I yelled at OP Chief of Staff Karen Lu for cutting ahead of about 10 people and me in line. I don't feel good about it, but I don't feel like I should've just stood there.
2. I'm the new Squelch Signatory.
3. The actual news: Salaam Rafeedie is refusing Student Action's nomination to protest their general shadiness. Practical effect: nil, but a strong gesture against Wally and Co. Unclear to what degree her personal disgust with Wally is the crux, and what degree her disgust with SA produced the change.
Smoking Bear is reporting that this is because she decided not to run on a slate 'with a Zionist.'
Since SB is in effect accusing Salaam of being an Extremist Palestinian that hates Jews, I wish he'd have more proof than a breezy statement. The reason she gave APPLE was disgust with SA's campaign tactics. Unless she lied to us on at least two separate occasions, I'm inclined to believe that.
Also, SB mischaracterizes the nature of her endorsement and legal effect. She had already decided before the meeting, mainly for legal reasons, to run as an Independent that would be 'endorsed' by all the major parties. This would avoid the legal trouble that Johnny Sircar landed in last year when he was cross-slated with three parties last year. Thus, her decision not to be endorsed by SA is almost entirely symbolic; it doesn't effect their campaign budget.
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