Nader Challenges ADL Over Israeli Influence On US Policy
The Washington Post says this morning Ralph Nader, "that master of controversy, has a new bete noire: the Anti-Defamation League. The independent presidential candidate has become embroiled in an ugly exchange with the Jewish organization, after he suggested that President Bush and Congress were 'puppets' of the Israeli government." The Post adds, "Nader is not backing down. In a letter to the group that will be released today, he reiterated his arguments, challenged the league to cite a recent example of when American leaders have pursued a policy opposed by the Israeli government and pointed to Israeli peace groups that he said share his criticism of that country's leadership. 'There is far more freedom in the media, in town squares and among citizens, soldiers, elected representatives and academicians in Israel to debate and discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than there is in the United States,' Nader wrote."
New Hampshire Democrats Seek FEC Probe Of GOP Work On Nader Petition.
The New Hampshire Democratic Party has asked the Federal Election Commission "to investigate the gathering of petition signatures for independent presidential candidate. . .Nader by a group of Republicans," reports AP. The complaint "was filed Wednesday against Nader for President 2004, Choices for America, a nonprofit group described as promoting ballot access for candidates of all parties, and Norway Hill Associates, a Hancock consulting firm."
Five Pennsylvania Judges To Hear Simultaneous Challenges To Nader Petitions.
The AP also reports that a Pennsylvania challenge to Nader's presidential candidacy "is likely to be aired before at least five Commonwealth Court judges at simultaneous hearings at different locations across the state, officials said Wednesday. In an order scheduling an Aug. 19 conference in Philadelphia with lawyers in the case, President Judge James Gardner Colins outlined his intentions and said a date for the hearings would be set then. . . . The plan to hold simultaneous hearings before multiple judges is 'without any precedent since the time the Commonwealth Court was organized in 1969,' said Philadelphia lawyer Gregory M. Harvey, one of two attorneys who challenged Nader's right to be listed on the state's Nov. 2 election ballot."