McAuliffe Drops by ADAMS to Get Out the Vote

ADAMS Board of Trustees Chairman Rizwan Jaka grabs a selfie with Governor Terry McAuliffe (D). (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)
ADAMS Board of Trustees Chairman Rizwan Jaka grabs a selfie with Governor Terry McAuliffe (D). (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) stopped by the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling today to encourage the hundreds of congregants at Friday prayers to vote.

“Elections matter,” McAuliffe said in his brief remarks. “I’m not going to tell you who to vote for, because we’re in a house of worship. Look at what the candidates have said.”

McAuliffe was the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

McAuliffe was joined by Virginia Secretary of Natural Resource Molly Ward and White House Associate Director of Public Engagement and White House Liaison to Muslim-Americans Zaki Barzinji, who grew up in the ADAMS community and whose parents, according to ADAMS Board of Trustees Chairman Rizwan Jaka, started ADAMS’s Boy and Girl Scout programs.. That program, according to scout master Saleem Arif, now has about 400 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Brownie Scouts.

ADAMS Vice President Sohel Ahmed gives Governor Terry McAuliffe a card with some of ADAMS' campaigns to encourage Muslims to vote. (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)
ADAMS Vice President Sohel Ahmed gives Governor Terry McAuliffe a card with some of ADAMS’ campaigns to encourage Muslims to vote. (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)

“Folks, I beg you, there is such a clear choice in this upcoming election,” McAuliffe said, although he did not mention any presidential candidates by name. “We have got to send a message to the world on election day: we are for openness, inclusiveness, we are for diversity, we are a loving, caring nation.”

Ahead of the speech, McAuliffe met with ADAMS leadership to talk about the economy, bullying in schools, civil rights, and criminal justice reform, Jaka said.

Since 2000, ADAMS has hosted voter registration on Fridays around elections. It also directs voters to check their voter registration with the State Board of Elections through MuslimVoter.org, campaigns to get Muslim women to vote with community meetings and the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow, and hosts nonpartisan phone banks on election day to encourage voter turnout.

(Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)
(Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)

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4 thoughts on “McAuliffe Drops by ADAMS to Get Out the Vote

  • 2016-09-24 at 9:56 pm
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    We have an appearance by a governor and white house political operatives at a religious center. The meeting is focused on getting out Democratic supporters to the polls. This is very unseemly. I am quite surprised that the ADAMS leaders would allow this to happen. Even if they personally want Trump defeated, this borders on violating the anti-political rules of tax-exempt religious organizations.

  • 2016-09-24 at 8:04 pm
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    If McAuliffe had just travelled 1/2 mile west, across Sterling Boulevard, he would have been able to visit the home of Mohamed Bailor Jalloh, the National Guardsman Terrorist recently arrested by the FBI, who was a member of the Mosque as they tried to disassociate themselves by issuing a notice drafted by CAIR denouncing his actions, but stating essentially nothing further. Did McAulliffe inquire why the Mosque needed to return (forfeit) $250,000.00 shortly after 9-11 for their ties to terrorist organizations? Amazingly, under a very liberal President (Obama) they are lauded as being heroes in the community as our conservative friends in the international community perceive the leaders being previous leaders of ISNA, and their ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and other groups, as being the opposite. This applies to Magid, Jaka, etc. who I invite to break bread with BB, but will only with like-minded (reformist) Jews that they allow to operate out of their mosque who are intent on the destruction of the State of Israel. BTW McAuliffe – you allowed my brother the possibility to vote, which he doesn’t deserve after serving years in prison after victimize me and many other people for decades, which we thank you for, and I wanted to thank you as he is a Republican ironically, one of the very few 206K though….. I know your intent with your carpet-bagging self as Hillary truly, truly needs the help as she is literally on her last leg, or should I say shoe as she is passing out from her “pneumonia”, I mean extreme work schedule, I mean cold……

  • 2016-09-24 at 4:09 pm
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    He was till buzzed from hanging out with Willie Nelson, while claiming to have no idea that was weed sitting on the table in front of him.

    And here I always thought lefties hated religious organizations involved in politics. I reckon they only like houses of full of democrats… The ole’ democrat double standard.

  • 2016-09-24 at 9:09 am
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    It’s hard to believe Governor 47 Proof would go anywhere they don’t serve alcohol.

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