President Barak Obama came to Columbus, Ohio Wednesday for a Democrat Party fund raiser. That visit inspired The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper to get local politicians to weigh in on the New York City Mosque 9/11 controversial issue. However some opted not to engage. We want Obama not the drama appeared to become their stance.
Controversy has been raging for several months over a Muslim Mosque to be built about 2 from the World Trade Center site. The hot button issue has been debated regularly on all 3 major news networks including cable outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and FOX.
The President drew heat by commenting on that controversy during a White House event Friday. During the Friday event, The President’s comments resounded as though he was in support of the Mosque being built near Ground Zero. By Saturday the tides had changed; The President reframed his position stating he is in support of religious freedoms. He was not supporting the issue of the prospective Mosque site near Ground Zero.
Whatever the Presidents’ intent, local Democrats have been careful not to become contributing sounds bites to an all ready sensitive issue. This may have been the reason why the paper was unable to obtain comments from Democrats such as Marcia Fudge or Tim Ryan, Dennis Kucinich, and John Boccieri who could not be reached.
Some who did speak, which included Republicans and a few Democrats, directed the issue back to community leaders in New York.
Speaking through their campaign managers, both U.S. Senate candidate Lee Fisher and Governor Ted Strickland think local officials in New York should be responsible for the decision. Gov. Strickland’s Campaign manager, Megan Dubyak, went on to say political operatives seek to divide the country with this topic (the Mosque). Essentially such distractions divert us away from the priority of “creating jobs and getting the county back on track.”