Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tax-exempt civic turns into political club
From Bragg Blog:
Take a look at this screen shot from the Bayside Hills Civic Association website, a community organization and non-profit in Queens, according to current incorporation records and its own website.
Not only is the group explicitly promoting the electoral prospects of Queens Assembly candidate Jerry Iannence (which is a definite no-no for a nonprofit), but it also offers the following poll question, asking “How should an American decide on a candidate?”
“Pick the candidate with the most experience and a long record of service to the community” or “Pick the candidate whose ethnicity is the same as yours, even if she or he is not qualified to hold office.”
Iannece is Italian-American, while his opponent, former Assembly staffer Nily Rozic is originally from Israel (before moving then to Queens.) Like her predecessor, Assemblyman Rory Lancman, who gave up the seat to run for Congress, she is Jewish.
It’s a fairly heavily Jewish district (but also has an even heavier Asian-American population), and clearly that poll question is quite inappropriate.