From 2003, when State Auditor candidate Guy Glodis was a State Senator. "Jaw-dropping" doesn't really do justice to it.
… Glodis is generating controversy over his decision to distribute what Muslim activists charge was a racist flier to his 39 Senate colleagues. On June 25 , the pol sent out an e-mail with the message, "Thought this might be of interest to you." To it, he attached a leaflet purporting to tell the story of General "Black Jack" Pershing, a US military man stationed in the Philippines. In 1913, so the story goes, Pershing was combating his own brand of terrorism: "Muslim extremists." He executed 49 of them with bullets soaked in pig’s blood because Muslims believe, the flier states, "touching a pig … is to be instantly barred from paradise (and those virgins) and doomed to hell." Then, he buried their bodies in pig entrails — an act that supposedly deterred terrorism for 42 years. The flier closes with this final sentiment: "Maybe it is time for this segment of history to repeat itself, maybe in Iraq? The question, where do we find another Black Jack Pershing?"
Glodis, for his part, seems untroubled by the matter. … Glodis stresses that he never meant to offend anyone. "If I have," he says, "I regret it." He received the "news item" — this is what he calls the leaflet because, he says, "It was news to me when I read it" — from a constituent, and he thought he saw the past event's relevance to today’s war on terrorism. Do we take a passive approach to terrorism? Or do we fight terrorism by the same means?
It's not just that he read it and found it "interesting" … he thought it was credible enough to forward to his 39 Senate colleagues.
The mind boggles. What insanely warped judgment. This dude wants to be the next auditor — the supposed sober, Joe Friday, straight-down-the-middle guy of state government?
That is some despicable stuff. I don't care who's running against Guy Glodis. I'm not voting for him.
Thanks Hoyapaul for the link.
UPDATE (by David): For the record, the Globe’s Yvonne Abraham broke the story about the Glodis email about three weeks before the linked Phoenix piece was published.