Downer: “Where Does Charlie Melancon Stand As President Obama, Harry Reid Trade Barbs On Ground Zero Mosque?”

August 17, 2010

WASHINGTON – Following President Barack Obama’s controversial decision to support the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City, countless individuals have stepped forward and shared their position on this issue, including Hamas’ co-founder, Mahmoud al-Zahar, who said Muslims “have to build” the mosque.

The contentious issue has splintered national leaders of President Obama’s party,including Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chairman U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who suggested that those who oppose the construction of this mosque don’t understand “what the Constitution is all about.”

Facing an uphill reelection battle in November U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) sought to distance himself from Obama and Menendez today as his campaign issued a statement asserting that “the mosque should be built some place else.”

Reid’s political maneuvering comes on the heels of statements from the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Tim Kaine, who claimed that Democrats like Melancon, who distance themselves from the President, are “crazy.”

Meanwhile amid this politically-charged intra-party controversy, Democrat Senate hopeful U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon (D-LA) has failed to explain his position on the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero.

“With his fellow Washington Democrats at odds, Charlie Melancon needs to tell Louisiana voters who he agrees with: His could-be Senate Leader Harry Reid, or his national party leader President Obama?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Chris Bond. “After helping Obama and Reid ram their costly economy agenda into law in Washington, Melancon can’t have it both ways, and he owes it to voters to make his position clear.”

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