JANUARY 31, 2008
With the California primaries around the corner Hillary Clinton is boasting about her latest endorsement from the state’s most influential black lawmaker, best known for her role in getting a communist dictator to harbor a Black Panther fugitive convicted of murdering a cop.
Well, the Clinton campaign managed to leave out that part of Representative Maxine Waters’ storied career. Instead, Clinton issued a lengthy press release cheering the coveted endorsement and highlighting all the good that Waters has done for her constituents, especially the poverty-stricken, during her nine terms in the House.
To be sure, the Clinton camp breathed a collective sigh of relief when Waters announced that she would support the New York senator instead of the Illinois senator. After all, California is a key state with serious racial tensions among blacks and Hispanics and Clinton already has the overwhelming support of the state’s top Hispanics.
But Waters is a controversial figure nationwide for her frequent trips to communist Cuba to visit her convicted cop-assassin friend, Joanne Chesimard, who is also known by her Black Panther name of Assata Shakur.
In 1979 Chesimard murdered a New Jersey State trooper and a jury convicted her of murder and sentenced her to life in prison. In a daring breakout with the help of fellow cult members, Chesimard escaped from prison and fled to Cuba. U.S. lawmakers insisted she be extradited but Waters always stood by her side, even likening her to civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
In fact, she wrote Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro a letter to say that she was not part of the group of U.S. legislators who voted for a resolution to extradite the cop murderer. Waters told Castro that she opposed extradition because Chesimard was “politically persecuted” in the U.S. and simply seeking political asylum in Havana, where she still lives.
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