Deedra Abboud is a Phoenix attorney, community activist, advocate for women’s rights and a democrat running against Senator Jeff Flake (R), AZ in 2018.
Abboud, 45, formally announced her candidacy this morning at 10.30am in downtown Phoenix surrounded by family, friends and supporters.
Abboud said the following “The journey that I have decided to take on today is not just for the people who look like me or sound like me, but for all Arizonans,” Abboud told onlookers. “Because we cannot continue to go backwards on this path that weakens our children’s education, strips health care from people who need it the most, locking up and breaking up families, and, once again, empowering big banks that caused the worst housing crisis in Arizona.
During her 15 minute speech, the Arizona flag was hung upside down, and her campaign quickly said it wasn’t a political statement.
In a 2006 interview, she defended her husband’s right to have up to four wives. She used to be a southern baptist Christian who converted to Islam and married her Iraqi husband. She also doesn’t believe that Jesus could be the son of God.
During the Danish cartoon controversy, you know the one that caused radical’s to go on a killing spree worldwide, she said she “didn’t understand the fuss over the controversy.” Her press release said otherwise: “The [Danish] paper wanted to instigate trouble by disrespecting Muslims from the very beginning,” she wrote in an e-mail to local media on February 9.” Well now we also know she speaks out of both sides of her mouth and will say whatever “needs to be heard,” but truly believes something else.
Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu is likely to challenge Flake for the second time, however, Abboud is the first Democrat to formally run against Flake, who I believe needs to go along with Senator John McCain.
Abboud is the founder of an organization called the Global Institute of Solution Oriented Leadership and the recipient of the Martin Luther King Award in Tempe and Phoenix, according to the short bio that accompanied the news advisory about her Senate candidacy. As a lawyer, she focuses on immigration and estate planning.
In 2003, Abboud helped open the first Arizona office of the (CAIR) Council on American-Islamic Relations. She was the group’s local executive director at the time. Yes that CAIR, with ties to radical Islamists.
“When 9/11 shook our country to the core, I became an advocate,” Abboud said Monday. “Not just because Muslims were facing anger and fearmongering, but because I am an American. Because I have always believed in our compassion and our strength in our country that can come together.”
Dr. Kelli Ward you’ve gotta win this go round, for our state’s sake. (Update since this blog: While back then I was in favor of Dr. Kelli Ward after her recent statement about Senator McCain, I have decided to pull my support for her. For an educated doctor you sure said a really stupid thing and at the worst time. You had this and just lost it because of a really stupid statement.)