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Congresswoman Karen Bass set to launch Los Angeles mayoral run in 2022. (Scientology related.)

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  1. Congresswoman Karen Bass set to launch Los Angeles mayoral run in 2022. (Scientology related.)

    Note: Bass is relevant to Scientology because she:

    (1) spoke at the grand opening of the Los Angeles Ideal Org;

    (2) later endorsed Scientology front-group Youth for Human Rights; and

    (3) issued a "Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition" to Scientology Youth For Human Rights Award Winner Nation of Islam Brother Rizza Islam.

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    Politico: Bass set to launch Los Angeles mayoral run

    The California congresswoman would be an early favorite in the race.

    By NICHOLAS WU and JEREMY B. WHITE
    09/24/2021 11:38 AM EDT
    Updated: 09/24/2021 12:27 PM EDT


    https://www.politico.com/news/2021/09/24/karen-bass-los-angeles-mayor-514127


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    Rep. Karen Bass is set to run for mayor of Los Angeles, according to a source familiar with the matter.

    Her entry would immediately reshape the nascent contest to govern America’s second-largest city. While the field is still forming ahead of a 2022 vote, Bass (D-Calif.) wields broad name recognition and deep popularity among Black Angelenos and progressive activists who have urged her to run.

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  2. I'd like to add that Tony Ortega reported that Bass issued the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition to Rizza Islam in January 2021, after the controversy when Bass was being vetted for VP:

    https://tonyortega.org/2021/01/14/h...-million-medi-cal-fraud-at-scientology-rehab/

    To be fair, Bass may have been unaware of Rizza Islam's connection to Scientology. Still, she issued a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition to a member of the Nation of Islam who is so anti-Semitic that he has his own ADL page, and while his felony criminal trial for fraud was pending:

    https://www.adl.org/resources/backgrounders/rizza-islam

    I think it is safe to say that Bass may have a problem properly vetting organizations and people.


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  3. To be fair to Bass, Mike Rinder has noted that you can find her statement regarding Rizza Islam here:


    https://tonyortega.org/2021/01/14/h...-million-medi-cal-fraud-at-scientology-rehab/



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    An organization serving girls in the foster care system in South Los Angeles held its annual concert in 2019 and requested certificates for individuals that they were honoring. Rep. Karen Bass is a founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth and has fought to protect the vulnerable and abused throughout her career. Our office provided the certificates when they were requested, using standard language on pre-printed Congressional certificates. These certificates did not in any way constitute endorsement of individual honorees. The Office of Rep. Karen Bass was at no time aware of the felony charges against Ronnie Islam. Rep. Bass, who has seen The Aftermath series, in no way supports his poisonous anti-Semitic and pro-Scientology beliefs.

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  4. Tony Ortega now has the story:


    https://tonyortega.org/2021/09/29/a...d-asks-if-scientology-arbitration-is-neutral/


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    Now for a couple of updates on our previous stories. You may have heard that Karen Bass has officially announced that she’s running for Mayor of Los Angeles. Bass is giving up a powerful seat in Congress to make a run at the post, and she’s expected to be a frontrunner in a crowded field.

    We remember her best, of course, for the rumors that emerged last year that Joe Biden was seriously considering her as a running mate in 2020. But then Breitbart dug up the 2010 speech that Bass had given at the grand opening of Scientology’s Ideal Org in Los Angeles.

    Her campaign put out a statement, supposedly from Bass herself, that the Scientology event was in her district so she felt obliged to attend. But we then showed that wasn’t true: At the time, she was a California Assemblywoman, and the new Ideal Org was a couple of districts away.

    Bass then had to admit that the statement was incorrect, and that she hadn’t actually written it herself, but that a staffer had put it together. * * * * *

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    The phrase "we then showed that wasn’t true" links to:


    https://tonyortega.org/2020/08/03/k...-because-it-was-in-her-district-but-it-wasnt/


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