Mr. Eichmann and the Pursuit of the Truth

A little over a month ago, CNJ blogger and GOP State Committee court jester Rob Eichmann extended to U.S. Senate candidate Bader Qarmout an opportunity to present his side of the Lorillard Tobacco case. Mr. Qarmout responded with an affirmative desire to do so, but soon discovered that he was not dealing with a man of integrity but rather an Alinskyite determined to finish off the conservative movement in New Jersey. Recently, Mr. Qarmout forwarded to my attention the entire correspondence – which has been arranged in chronological order.

It’s a somewhat lengthy exchange, but your patience will be rewarded with an illuminating glimpse into Eichmann’s modus operandi. It doesn’t take long to see that Eichmann is not even remotely interested in Qarmout’s side of this sordid personal attack, but instead determined to continue attacking him. Note that Eichmann’s personal e-mail address has been redacted.

Make special note of Eichmann’s reference to his so-called “Racism Report” and his attempt to use it as another club with which to bludgeon Mr. Qarmout. This will factor strongly in tomorrow’s 9 AM post.

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On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM, Bader Qarmout <bader@bgq4nj.com> wrote:

Mr. Eichmann and Company,

I see that you have extended me an opportunity to reply and provide more information on a legal case between myself and Lorillard Tobacco. If you checked the court record then you should have also seen that the case against us was dismissed by the court. I am MORE than happy to answer any questions you have on the topic, please feel free to call me at [redacted] (Do not publish phone number).

Thank you for the opportunity to address the issue, I only wish you had reached out to me to get my response before publishing, rather then after. You have my email from prior reply on your site. I look forward to hearing from you.

Respectfully,

Bader

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From: Bader Qarmout [mailto:bader@bgq4nj.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2012 5:26 PM
To: [Rob Eichmann]
Subject: Re: This is Bader

Mr. Eichmann,

I am sending you a second request to talk and discuss any and all issues. Please feel free to call me at [redacted] at your earliest convenience. If you prefer a different method of conducting an interview, please let me know.

Thank you

Bader

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On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 6:41 PM, Rob Eichmann <[redacted]> wrote:

Hi Bader,

I was in Trenton all day and had hoped to see you at the CLC meeting where we are fighting the Agenda-21 foreclosure bill, or at the Supreme Court Judicial nominee hearings just down the hall.  I was with conservatives all day in a building where we can make a difference.

I’ll get back to you on that court case.

Thanks,

Rob

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From: Bader Qarmout [mailto:bader@bgq4nj.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:58 PM
To: Rob Eichmann
Subject: Re: This is Bader

Rob,

I was committed to a forum between the Republican candidates in Morris County today. I want to thank you for your hard work on so many great conservative issues. It has not got unnoticed or unappreciated.

I look forward to our conversation.

Thanks,

Bader

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On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 12:31 AM, Rob Eichmann <[redacted]> wrote:

Bader,

In case I was mis-informed, what time did that take place?

Thanks,

Rob

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From: Rob Eichmann <[redacted]>
Date: Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Subject: RE: This is Bader
To: Bader Qarmout <bader@bgq4nj.com>

Hi Bader,

I know you value your family time on the weekends.  I do have some questions about the cigarette litigation that you were involved in.  Would you prefer I wait until Monday to ask them, or is it ok to send them over the weekend?

Thanks,

Rob

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From: Bader Qarmout [mailto:bader@bgq4nj.com]
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2012 8:31 PM
To: Rob Eichmann
Subject: Re: This is Bader

7pm @ Montville Area Tea Party

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On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 11:36 PM, Rob Eichmann <[redacted]> wrote:

Hi Bader,

Quick question for you.  Why, as a “conservative republican” are you bragging about and supporting a racist web site?

Thanks,

Rob

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From: Bader Qarmout [mailto:bader@bgq4nj.com]
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2012 7:02 PM
To: Rob Eichmann
Subject: I look forward to your questions

Mr. Eichmann,

It was my understanding you wanted to discuss the matter of the contraband cigarettes in addition to other issues you have raised. I look forward to your questions on these issues.

BGQ

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On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 7:24 PM, Rob Eichmann <[redacted]> wrote:

Hi Bader,

I’m glad to hear that.  I’ll ask again:  Why as a “conservative republican” are you supporting a racist web site?

Thanks,

Rob

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From: Bader Qarmout [mailto:bader@bgq4nj.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 11:16 AM
To: Rob Eichmann
Subject: Re: This is Bader

Rob,

Please clarify you question.

1. What web site are you referencing?
2. Please give exact details as to when and how I am “bragging about” such site?
3. Please give exact details as to when and how I am “supporting” such site?
4. Please give examples of how I am not a conservative based on my stand on the issues.

I was hoping for more questions, perhaps I expected to much. I am a conservative, I never claimed to be perfect, are you?

Thanks,

Bader.

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From: Rob Eichmann <[redacted]>
Date: Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 1:13 PM
Subject: RE: This is Bader
To: Bader Qarmout <bader@bgq4nj.com>

Hi Bader,

The following tweet, pointing to a racist web site, has come from your twitter account three different times.

Thanks,

Rob

would like to share with you a well written and accurate biography on the net by the conservative blogger Gene… http://t.co/eGPCCQYj

5 days ago

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From: Bader Qarmout [mailto:bader@bgq4nj.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 8:21 PM
To: Rob Eichmann
Subject: Re: I look forward to your questions

Rob,
I can find nothing on Gene’s site that indicates he is a racist.

That said, you were the one who posted numerous articles citing all sorts of terrible things I have done. On March 2 I commented on your site and asked you to contact me to discuss your concerns. You never did so.

On March 21 I reached out to you regarding the Lorillard Tobacco case and invited any and all questions you might have regarding that issue. To date, you have yet to present a single question regarding that issue or any of the other issues you claim invalidate my candidacy for the U.S. Senate and my status as a Conservative.

Do you or do you not wish to hear my side of the story regarding these issues you have raised?
I expect the courtesy of a timely response.

Thanks,

BGQ

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From: Rob Eichmann <[redacted]>
Date: Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM
Subject: RE: I look forward to your questions
To: Bader Qarmout <bader@bgq4nj.com>

Hi Bader,
As a candidate for public office you submit yourself to scrutiny.  You don’t get to determine the manner and/or timing of that scrutiny.

As a gentleman, I have asked one question of you, and have still not received a satisfactory answer.

I have attached my “Report To The Members” (The Racism Report) which was presented to the Republican State Committee last September.  As you can see, it very clearly provides examples of racist rhetoric, among other objectionable material.  There is no question that your erstwhile spokesperson, Mr. Hoyas, posted; in the opinion of the Republican State Committee and others, racist and objectionable material.  Here are the questions I would like you to answer:  Do you agree or disagree that the image that your spokesman, Mr. Hoyas, posted on his web site is racist?  In your opinion should this be part of political discourse?

This report so horrified and alarmed the committee, that unanimously we passed a resolution.  That resolution, among other things, made it very clear that no Republican candidates would have anything to do with persons associated with or operating/running these types of web sites.  It went on to say that as Republicans, we abhor racism.

Again, you are promoting this site with your twitter account.  My question was straightforward and valid.

I am in the process of updating the report for the State Committee, as so much has happened since September.  How would you like to be portrayed, as a candidate who ignores the wishes of his own party; as a candidate who supports a racist web site; or as a candidate that repudiates this type of rhetoric in political discourse and will have nothing to do with said web site(s) or their operators?  Even the NAACP worked with me on this issue.

I hope you find my response timely enough for your liking.

Thanks,

Rob

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From: Bader Qarmout [mailto:bader@bgq4nj.com]
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 10:29 AM
To: Rob Eichmann
Subject: Re: I look forward to your questions

Dear Rob,

YOU were the one who invited me to contact you.  YOU were the one who informed me on March 23 that you had some questions about the Lorillard Tobacco case that I am still anxious to address. YOU were the one who suddenly and without explanation shifted gears and presented me with a question that has nothing to do with the issues you raised.

I took the time read your “racism report” along with the article you posted about it on the Conservative New Jersey website. I also read Gene’s response to your article along with subsequent articles he wrote on this controversy. I can find nothing racist in what he has written or the photo that accompanied the article reflected the subject matter of the post. It was not Gene who called Mr. Obama a “Mac Daddy,” but Pastor Manning. I don’t understand how you can arrive at the conclusion that Gene Hoyas is a racist and his site dedicated to racism on the basis of this single post.

You asked me the following question: “Why as a “conservative republican” are you supporting a racist web site?” It’s a loaded question, but I’ll give you an answer: I’m not supporting a racist website because I do not believe that Gene Hoyas is a racist.

However, if you can produce a copy of the official minutes of the meeting verifying any of your claims – specifically, that your report was officially recognized by the State Committee, that its vote was predicated on the substance of your report and that Gene Hoyas was singled out by name, then I will immediately and publicly repudiate Gene Hoyas and his website.

That said, can we return to the issues you raised that you believe hamper the legitimacy of my campaign for U.S. Senate?

Kindly furnish me with a list of questions you have about these issues.

Thanks,

BGQ

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From: Rob Eichmann <[redacted]>
Date: Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 5:31 PM
Subject: RE: I look forward to your questions
To: Bader Qarmout <bader@bgq4nj.com>

Hi Bader,

Cut the attitude. It’s always a bad sign in a candidate.  Like any writer, I will ask my questions in the order I choose.

I want to be fair to you and make sure that I am clear on what you are telling me.  Are you saying that you find nothing racist or wrong with the depiction of the President of the United States as a ghetto pimp, because that’s how he was depicted on Hoyas’ website?  Hoyas didn’t snap a candid photo of the President.  He posted an image that was photoshopped to conform to a racial stereotype.  Do you think that it is ok to promulgate this kind of racist imagery in political discourse?

I am glad that you took the time to examine the report.  As I am sure you observed, your friend Dick LaRossa, (whose web site your campaign site linked to – up until recently) had several mentions in it.  I’m sure that you read LaRossa’s e-mail depicting the First Lady as a chimpanzee.  In your opinion, is this racist or not?  Is this acceptable political discourse?

Again, I want to be fair to you and clear in my understanding.

Thanks,

Rob

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From: Bader Qarmout [mailto:bader@bgq4nj.com]
Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2012 6:32 PM

To: Rob Eichmann
Subject: Re: I look forward to your questions

Dear Mr. Eichmann,

I already answered you regarding the Gene Hoyas post. The cartoons Dick LaRossa published are certainly in poor taste and I suspect that most people would find them offensive. I certainly would not have posted them.

You stated as a fact that the State Committee based its vote on your report and so I’ll ask again: if you can produce a copy of the official minutes of the meeting verifying that your report was officially recognized by the State Committee and entered into the minutes, that its vote condemning racism was based on your report and not simply a pro-forma affirmation of a 2007 resolution, and that Gene Hoyas and Dick LaRossa were singled out by name, then I will immediately and publicly repudiate them and their websites.

That said, my campaign isn’t about racism in America – it’s about a nation on the verge of collapse. I decided to run for U.S. Senate because I am a conservative who believes that I can do for our country what Robert Menendez refuses to do.

Obviously, you do not consider me a conservative and certainly don’t believe I’m qualified for the office. In the course of a number of articles you posted at Conservative New Jersey, you dredged up incidents from my past that you believe render me unfit for the office.

It is no expression of “attitude” to point out that YOU were the one who invited me to contact you regarding the Lorillard case – about which you have yet to ask a single question.

Kindly furnish me with a list of questions you have about this issue and other issues you raised. I’m anxious to present my side of the story so as to help you be fair to me and clear in your understanding.

Thanks,

BGQ

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From: Rob Eichmann <[redacted]>
Date: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 2:28 AM
Subject: FW: I look forward to your questions
To: Bader Qarmout <bader@bgq4nj.com>

Dear Bader,

Again cut the attitude.  If you are going to be a candidate for US Senate you are going to get far tougher questions from the NY times, Star-Ledger and Gannett papers than you are from me.  I asked you a simple question which you appear to want to dodge.  Before I answer any questions from you, I would like my question answered.

The actions of the State Committee are public record.  Everyone there knows exactly what we were condemning, it was the actions of the individuals in the report.  (Not surprisingly, you weren’t there)  That is what we condemned.  Without the report there would have been no action.  More importantly, do you really need the Republican State Committee to tell you what is right and wrong?  Do you really need John Bennett to tell you what is right and wrong?  I am stunned that you, who purports to be a conservative, would wait on the State Committee to act before you have an opinion on what is right and wrong.

Here are another couple of questions for you – Do you think that the administration at the taxpayer supported county college you teach at would think that the items are racist?  Would your students think they are racist?  Would either wait to hear from the Republican State Committee before deciding?  What would either think of you linking your campaign web site directly to two different web sites prominently mentioned?  Why do you need guidance from the Republican State Committee on racism?

Thanks,

Rob

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From: Bader Qarmout [mailto:bader@bgq4nj.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2012 12:18 AM
To: Rob Eichmann
Subject: Re: FW: I look forward to your questions

Rob,

I have already answered you and your unwillingness to accept my answer does not negate that fact.

I am extending to you a final offer to ask me any question on the issues you raised. I am willing to answer any question you offer because I want to address the issues you raised regarding my candidacy.

If you once again refuse to ask the questions pertaining to the issues you raised, I will address them in another venue.

BGQ

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From: Rob Eichmann <[redacted]>
Date: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Subject: RE: FW: I look forward to your questions
To: Bader Qarmout <bader@bgq4nj.com>

Hi Bader,

No, that is not true. You only claim to be willing to answer my questions. Why then did you not answer any of the eight (8) that I just asked you in the last e-mail? I thought I made it clear those are the questions I want to start with.

As a candidate, you should be prepared to answer the questions posed to you. If your answers are not satisfactory, then questions may be posed again for clarification. Follow-up questions could also be posed. This is a very normal part of the give and take of a campaign.

You appear to have a hard time accepting this. Your attitude is rather authoritarian. This isn’t a school room. You are not the teacher here. A candidate for public office must have a little humility.

Now please try again to answer my questions.

Thanks,

Rob

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From: Bader Qarmout <bader@bgq4nj.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Subject: Re: FW: I look forward to your questions
To: Rob Eichmann <[redacted]>

Rob,

I’ve been following your CNJ posts for the past few days. You aren’t interested in the truth or hearing my side of the story and this racism obsession of yours is nothing more than a smokescreen and a diversion while you continue to attack me. I was so hoping to answer your questions on the Signs, Taxes, Cigarettes, and Mr. Ellman but you never asked me any questions on the issues you raised.

In light of the fact that you refuse to engage me in meaningful conversation regarding serious accusations and insinuations you have made over the course of the past month, I have no choice but to end this pointless exchange.

Bader Qarmout

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One Response to Mr. Eichmann and the Pursuit of the Truth

  1. 1Prop says:

    Unfortunately Bader Qarmout is inexperienced as a politician has not learned to ignore the delusional accusations of Liberals like Rob Eichmann. David Horowitz said it concisely in his book on defeating Democrats, when he said “liberals lie.” That being the case, it further reinforces the fact that Rob Eichmann is really a liberal. Let’s face facts – he’s supporting Leonard Lance, he’s in love with RINO Joe Kyrillos, he’s a__hole buddies with Willie Winkler who worked for RINO Donnie DiFrancesco and now he’s proven to be a liar with his with his racist website nonsnese. The NJ GOP must be so pleased. LIBERAL Rob Eichmann strikes again!