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Avtar Khalsa Announces Run For Flagstaff City Council

By Elisha Dorfsmith

On 11/29/2007, Flagstaff Live published a cover story about me and some friends titled The Dangerous Desperation Of The Moonbats.  The piece was written by Avtar Khalsa and it was a full out assault on Flagstaff Ron Paul supporters.

Khalsa accused Ron Paul supportes of being “neo nazis” and ” white seperatists” and claimed that even Ron Paul himself is a racist. He bemoaned the fact that Ron Paul voted against federal funds for “population control” and introduced legislation to “gut the Labor Relations Act” among other things.

He went on to say:

“Free to pick and choose which libertarian causes he promotes, Paul champions those that run the gamut from mean-spirited to outright scary.”

The article closed with:

“There he is, folks, in black and white. The only hope to save our nation? Wrong answer.”

Flagstaff Live has since pulled the article off their website and they never responded to my requests for permission to reprint it. I encourage my readers to try to track down a copy. I’m sure Flagstaff Live has it in their archives and if they won’t give it to you, the library may have it.

This morning, Avtar Khalsa announced that he is running for Flagstaff City Council. He instantly received support on his page from members of the Progressive Democrats of Northern Arizona and F3. This is not surprising since he was a former head of the Coconino County Democratic Party and has been a big player in local partisan politics.

I have been told by people who have lived in Flagstaff longer than me that Khalsa’s attacks on Ron Paul were not the first time he had resorted to strategic character assassination to take down political opponents. I’m sure it won’t be his last.

Avtar Khalsa seems to be more interested in attacking liberty than defending it. I hope you will keep this in mind on election day.

UPDATE:

Rather than offer an apology for his smear against Ron Paul, Avtar Khalsa just posted the following on his Facebook page:

“UPDATE: Joe Ferguson’s article about me won’t run until Thursday. On another note, looks like my campaign is already generating some excitement among Tea Party types and Ron Paul supporters. They, of course, will be backing one or more of my opponents. This could come down to whether Flagstaff will move forward or get dragged backward.”

UPDATE TWO:

Avtar Khalsa responds with more attacks (LINK):

“Several years ago I wrote a piece in my Flag Live column with the headline of “The Dangerous Desperation of the Moonbats.” That was a poor choice of words and for that I must apologize. But I couldn’t think of a better word to encapsulate: radical right activists with a religious-like fervor for a presidential candidate whose extremist views are way outside the American mainstream. All these years later, and I’m still not sure what word would have been more appropriate.”

 

FEBRUARY 2, 2012 UPDATE:

Flagstaff Liberty Alliance helped host a mayoral and council forum tonight and Avtar Khalsa used his closing statement to apologize for his attacks on local Ron Paul supporters in 2007. I told Avtar in person that I sincerely appreciate his comments and of course his apology is accepted. I want to publicly thank him for having the courage to address the 2007 article in front of such a large audience with many in the media in attendance.  Joe Ferguson of the Daily Sun posted the following:

“Khalsa ditches the stump speech and issues an apology for a column he once wrote criticizing Congressman Ron Paul.”

flagstafflibertyalliance.com

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  1. September 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    “This is not a time for radical changes and untested economic theories.”
    ~Avtar Khalsa

    Are these the “tested” economic theories he’s talking about?

    Flagstaff sells $15.9 mil in bonds amid warning
    http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/2011/08/25/20110825flagstaff-sells-159-mil-bonds-amid-warning.html

    Quote
    “Earlier this month, Standard & Poor’s revised its outlook on Flagstaff’s general-obligation bonds and other city debt to a “negative” view from “stable.””

    If that’s “moving forward in a positive, progressive direction”, I think I’ll pass.
    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150385726266830

  2. Jim_AZ
    September 27, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Ahhh. It must be the untested “applied-arithmetic” theory, that has him concerned. hmm.

    • September 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      lol, I’m thinking that must be it.. My response is this, since 2005, Flagstaff’s unemployment rate has gone up 2.8%, is that the direction he thinks we should we should continue on? Is that “progressive”?

  3. September 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Rather than offer an apology for his smear against Ron Paul, Avtar just posted this on his Facebook page:

    ‎”Avtar Khalsa
    UPDATE: Joe Ferguson’s article about me won’t run until Thursday. On another note, looks like my campaign is already generating some excitement among Tea Party types and Ron Paul supporters. They, of course, will be backing one or more of my opponents. This could come down to whether Flagstaff will move forward or get dragged backward.”

  4. September 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    No. LOL.

  5. Stu Cole
    November 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I hope Socialism no longer has a home here in Flagstaff. It’s obvious that he cannot and will not recognize Liberty in his lifetime.

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