Those who were out to destroy the government 50 years ago pale in comparison to those who are out to destroy the government today. The Radical Left was outside. The Radical Right is deep inside. Violence? Somehow it was avoided in Nevada, where the loonies claim to own public land. However, I’d like someone to compare the body count for the Weathermen vs the anti-abortion zealots. Meanwhile, no 60s radical has made it onto the Supreme Court, which every day serves the agenda of the Koch Brothers, ad nauseum.
By James Monteleone / Journal Staff Writer
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:46 am
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber is drawing criticism from Republicans after a news report that the Santa Fe entrepreneur’s campaign is backed by a former member of the Vietnam-era radical leftist group Weather Underground.
Mark Rudd, a longtime Albuquerque-area resident and retired instructor at Central New Mexico Community College, was a co-founder of the group, known for bombing dozens of government buildings and banks across the country during the late ’60s and early ’70s in protest of the Vietnam War. Rudd years ago renounced his involvement in the Weather Underground.
Rudd, in a telephone interview Tuesday, said he endorsed Webber in the New Mexico governor’s race after hearing the candidate speak during a fundraiser hosted by his wife, Marla Painter, at the couple’s South Valley home on April 12. The event raised about $1,100 for Webber’s campaign, currently against four Democratic opponents.
Webber, in a prepared statement this week on Rudd’s endorsement, said: “I just met Mark Rudd. Of course I denounce terrorism and understand Mark Rudd regrets his involvement with the radical anti-government group from the 1960s. For over three decades Mark Rudd has been a teacher at CNM, a community activist, and an advocate of nonviolence. If Gov. Martinez wants to discuss her supporters, she should start with the Koch brothers and Sarah Palin.”
Kudos to Webber for that last remark.