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Saturday, June 07, 2014

 10:31 AM 

1st CD candidate Kaleka says campaign began after Republicans asked him to run for Assembly

Amar Kaleka said his campaign for the 1st CD started in an odd way: Republicans asked him to run for the state Assembly.

“After I stopped laughing, I realized they were serious. So I politely told them, sirs, the values of the Republican Party do not speak to me,” he said.

Kaleka, whose father was killed along with six others in a shooting at a Sikh temple almost two years ago, told delegates the true cause of crime is “we are in a rigged game.” The nation has become more polarized, frustrated and “armed to the teeth.”

He described the man who gunned down his father as a neglected Army vet, saying he never would have turned his back on veterans and would have done everything in his power if in office to stabilize the economy. He called all of them factors that contributed to his father’s death.

“When the Republican Party asked me to run on their behalf, it dawned on me they don’t know me or my culture,” he said. “And they definitely don’t even know their own platform.”

-- By JR Ross

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