Cahill Draws Flak for Comments On Muslim Community

May 28, 2010

Author: Martin Finucane and Michael Levenson

Source: The Boston Globe

Governor Deval Patrick's campaign said today that gubernatorial challenger Tim Cahill was engaging in "fear-mongering" when he criticized Patrick's attendance last weekend at a forum with the Muslim community.

Patrick "has been and will remain committed to meeting with all of the Commonwealth's residents, regardless of religion, who care deeply about the real issues that matter in people's lives, like jobs, better schools, affordable health care and a safe and healthy environment," the campaign said in a statement.

"That is what people need from their governor, and why the residents of Massachusetts will overwhelmingly reject the fear-mongering and negative political tactics of Tim Cahill," the statement said.

Patrick told more than 1,100 Muslims at a Roxbury mosque on Saturday that he knew many had encountered discrimination and racial profiling since Sept. 11 and that he would do everything in his power to combat those problems, the Globe reported Sunday.