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Tennessee candidate loses election over enmity for Islam

Published: 05/08/2012 07:11:00 AM GMT
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Nashville: A congresswomen belonging to Tennessee Republican has won the elections with clear difference against the opponent who ran her campaign against Islam and building of a new mosque near Nashville.

By Farhan Iqbal


Nashville: A congresswomen belonging to Tennessee Republican has won the elections with clear difference against the opponent who ran her campaign against Islam and building of a new mosque near Nashville.

Tennessee Republican congresswoman, Diane Black, registered a comfortable victory in the primary elections against her opponent Lou Ann Zelenik who competed in the elections with Islam-enmity campaign.

Zelenik is known for her ferocious hostility with Islam. She aggressively opposes the new Islamic Center recently built in Murfreesboro, about 30 miles south of Nashville, even though it is located outside the congressional district she was seeking to represent.

A wealthy conservative businessman from Nashville supported Zelenik financially during her Anti-Islam campaign. He paid for the advertisements in which they criticized Black for keeping soft corner about the mosque and Islam. Zelenik accused Black of not opposing the mosque vigorously although Black is also an opponent of the Islamic center but not as strong as Zelenik.

Zelenik pledged during the campaign saying, “If I’m elected I will work to stop the Islamization of our society, and do everything possible to prevent Sharia Law from circumventing our laws and our Constitution.”

Nonetheless, Black also opposed the mosque citing its approval was rushed through but she clarified that she would respect the US constitutional right to freedom of religion.

She stated during her victory celebrations, “Tonight, voters sent a message that they are happy with the way they are being represented in Congress, and I am honored to have their vote of confidence.”

Black is virtually assured of re-election in November from the rural Tennessee district because no Democrat has entered the race and she faces only token opposition from an independent.

There had been debates for more than two years over the construction of the Islamic Center near Nashville and last month, a court cleared the way for it to be occupied soon by a Muslim congregation.

Another Republican incumbent survived in the elections with a narrow margin during the fight between Black and Zelenik which attracted the attention of most of the people.

Chuck Fleischmann, who is in his first term representing the Chattanooga area, won a close three-way Republican primary race over Dairy Executive, Scottie Mayfield, and Weston Wamp, the son of a former Congressman. Challengers accused Fleischmann of supporting Democratic President Barack Obama although he had a conservative voting record.

Incumbent US Senator Bob Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor and businessman, secured victory in the Republican Senate primary. He will be heavily favored to win re-election in November, when he will face Democrat Mark E. Clayton.

All other Tennessee members of Congress survived their primaries and will move on to the November general election. Tennessee has seven Republicans and two Democrats in Congress.



Diane Black with other high dignitaries of the US

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