[Fulani with Pat Buchanan in 2000]
Perenial political wannabe, Lenora Fulani, seems poised to run for mayor of NYC according to reports in The New York Sun, New York Observer and other publications. For those unfamiliar with Fulani, she has been associated with some particularly unsavory individuals including psycho-cult headman Fred Neuman and politico-cult headman Lyndon LaRouche. I first heard about Fulani back in 1992 when she ran for president on the New Alliance Party ticket. She ran again in 1996 and endorsed Pat Buchanan in 2000. Fulani is currently affiliated with the Independence Party. A good friend of mine actually tabled for her campaign in Southern California. Her policy proposals seemed liked the usual lefty wish-list including increasing funds for healthcare and cutting the defense budget. However, she landed in some serious hot water after claiming that Jews:
“had to sell their souls to acquire Israel” and “had to function as mass murderers of people of color to keep it.”
In 2005, Fulani said her statement raised “issues that I think need to be explored” on NYC television station NY1. Today, Fulani is trying to distance herself from these comments. But, as the late V.O. Key noted, “the voters are not fools.”
Grace Raugh reports in The Sun:
A longtime Independence Party activist is preparing a run for office by renouncing remarks she made that triggered accusations of racism and anti-Semitism.Independence Party leader, Lenora Fulani, said yesterday that “certain remarks” she wrote in 1989, which have dogged her in recent years, were “excessive” and that she is “repudiating” them.
She sought to distance herself from the earlier statements while announcing that she is forming an exploratory committee to decide whether to run for a citywide office in 2009.
In 1989, Ms. Fulani wrote that Jews “function as mass murderers of people of color” and “Jews had to sell their souls to acquire Israel.”
Yesterday, Ms. Fulani, 57, said that her opinions have changed. “I am repudiating my remarks of 18 years ago. They do not express my feelings nor deep concerns about the situation in the Middle East,” she said, standing outside City Hall with other Independence Party activists and supporters.