Florida Democratic Leader Quits after Anti-Israeli Rants (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 07/04/12)
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A South Florida Democratic National Committee (DNC) representative
resigned from her post after her anti-Israel e-mails sparked outrage,
BizPac Review reported.
In the e-mails, Evelyn Garcia, a Palm Beach County representative to
the DNC and ally of its chair, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz,
accused Israel of running “mass concentration camps” and
committing “crimes against humanity.”
She was also caught advocating for an end to the U.S.-Israel alliance
and accusing Israel of perpetrating war crimes.
Garcia, who also serves as a Democratic Executive Committee member
and is running to become a member of the Florida State House, quit
her post at the DNC following the uproar creating in response to her
Though she gave up her DNC position, Garcia said that she still plans
to continue her campaign for the House District 88 seat.
As soon as BizPac Review President Jack Furnari’s post on the
inflammatory emails went live on Sunday, a number of Democratic
leaders across Palm Beach County expressed horror at comments many
"She´s horrible,” said Dan Liftman, legislative aide to U.S. Rep.
Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar. “She could harm the president and Debbie
Though Liftman said he’s known about the emails “for a while,” Palm
Beach County Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel told BPR he saw the
emails for the first time Monday morning.
"I strongly disagree with her views, as does every other Democrat I
know,” Siegel said. “Evelyn´s views are not the views of the
Democratic Party, and she recognizes that."
Elmer Klein, president of the Cypress Lakes Democratic Club in West
Palm Beach, wondered how long DEC leadership knew about the emails,
which he likened to hate speech. “I have heard through the grapevine
that they knew,” Klein said.
Marvin Manning, president of Century Village Democratic Club in Boca
Raton, said he was told Siegel was made aware of the emails a while
ago but did nothing about it.
“It’s quite horrendous,” said Manning, a Jewish World War II veteran
whose daughter-in-law is the child of a Holocaust survivor. ”This
requires an investigation as to who else was involved in this, and if
they are involved in the Democratic Party, then we have to get them
out of the party.”
On Monday, Garcia, apologized for her statements, calling them “ugly”
and “hurtful,” according to The Palm Beach Post. (IsraelNationalNews
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