Bay Buchanan Responds to Tancredo Speechwriter Hate Crime Scandal

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Monday, June 01, 2009 at 2:07 pm

I just talked to Bay Buchanan, the co-chairman of Team America PAC and president of the American Cause, who is sticking by executive director (of both groups) Marcus Epstein after this weekend’s revelations about his 2007 arrest for karate-chopping a black woman while yelling a racial epithet.

“I have been very impressed at the courage he has shown in turning his life around,” said Buchanan. “He has acknowledged the many personal problems he was facing at the time, and he’s addressed them.”

Buchanan attributed the release of court documents to “some low-life” who was acting out of spite. “Marcus is going off to law school [at the University of Virginia] at the end of the month,” she said, pointing out he had planned to leave before this case became public. “Who cares? This is something that happened two years ago that Marcus has paid a price for.”

Marcus Epstein hands out Tom Tancredo signs at the 2007 Conservative Political Action Conference. Photo by: Dave Weigel.

Marcus Epstein (left) at the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 1, 2007 (Photo by: Dave Weigel)

According to Buchanan, none of this should affect Team America’s criticisms of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor — whom Tancredo has called a racist. “Sonia Sotomayor has been nominated to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States and we’re going to talk about her judicial approach and her record. That’s unrelated to any 21-year-old’s life or any problems he’s had.”

Buchanan expected Epstein’s ordeal to be over after his July 8 court date, which follows his plea bargain and two years of good behavior. “Are people allowed a second chance in this life when they realize their mistakes and their errors? I think so.”

Update: The University of Virginia’s law school says Epstein is not going to be enrolling there anytime in the future.

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14 Comments

sgwhiteinfla
Comment posted June 1, 2009 @ 11:16 am

Did you happen to ask her for any proof that his racist views had changed? Can she make him available to answer questions? I am just saying that her organization, which already can't have much credibility on race issues, should lose any right to call anyone a racist until they prove that their executive director isn't a raving bigot.


laurano
Comment posted June 1, 2009 @ 11:18 am

Ha ha


walrus306
Comment posted June 1, 2009 @ 11:42 am

“Who cares? This is something that happened two years ago that Marcus has paid a price for.”

?????????????
and Sotomayor said what she said yesterday?
HELL NO! STOP AND TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR!
now go n the corner and take 1 hour time out…what have we taught you about do unto others as you would have them do unto you?
They did unto you pretty good, huh? Now, remember that the next time you go calling people racists.


Hitler Made Mistakes, too.
Comment posted June 1, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

Realizing mistakes = agreeing not to karate chop complete strangers and call them n*gger


A Lair of Low Lifes?
Comment posted June 1, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

Buchanan says some “low-life” made this story public. A story about a low life racist/assaulter, that is.


Raven Rant
Comment posted June 1, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

“Who cares?”

I'll bet if some young black man assaulted Bay Buchanan while shouting racial epithets, he would have gotten a hell of a lot tougher sentence than two years probation.

And I'll bet she wouldn't be talking about how proud she was of how he'd turned his life around. She'd be shrieking that he should be put away for life.

Oh, I forgot – only minorities can be racist in right-wing Bizarro World.


slb
Comment posted June 1, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

And besides — aren't court records public documents? It's not like somebody clandestinely released confidential material. Somebody just dug up the public record.


Third times a charm?
Comment posted June 1, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

He says he's reformed, but it looks like Marcus Epstein also got drunk, yelled a profane things, and beat someone up in 2004:

http://wonkette.com/408873/408873#comment-329123

Found guilty of the intoxication and sweating charge, the assault charge was dropped….

As they say, he has a pattern…


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Omar
Comment posted June 1, 2009 @ 9:37 pm

“Are people allowed a second chance in this life when they realize their mistakes and their errors? I think so.”

Does one really have to point out the irony of this statement?


davemartin7777
Comment posted June 2, 2009 @ 11:07 am

I will… it's coming from a Buchanan.

On “Hardball” last week Pat Buchanan was unable to say whether or not he supported the Civil Rights movement.

Marcus Epstein is a racist who got a job promoting white supremacists… that's not what a fair and balanced person would call rehabilitation.

http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/bob-shrum-…

Google this if the link is bad…

“Bob Shrum explodes over Pat Buchanan's racism as Limbaugh uses MLK against Sotomayor”


Nicholas Stix
Comment posted June 6, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

“Does one really have to point out the irony of this statement?”

Since the statement is without irony, yes, you would have to point out the “irony” in it. Really, really, Omar.

I think you confused “irony” with iron, as in the sensibility of people who perpetually claim to see irony, when all they see is political opportunity. Take your best shots, Omar, give the enemy the business, but don't try to dignify working him over with fancy words you don't understand.


Nicholas Stix
Comment posted June 7, 2009 @ 4:12 am

“Does one really have to point out the irony of this statement?”

Since the statement is without irony, yes, you would have to point out the “irony” in it. Really, really, Omar.

I think you confused “irony” with iron, as in the sensibility of people who perpetually claim to see irony, when all they see is political opportunity. Take your best shots, Omar, give the enemy the business, but don't try to dignify working him over with fancy words you don't understand.


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