Republican City Council Member Wears Pelosi as Stalin Sign

December 8, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Joseph Stalin is a notorious Communist leader of the Soviet Union, who unleashed a bloody purge against “enemies of the people” known, as the “Great Terror,” which resulted in the slaughter of at least 700,000 people from 1937 to 1938. Many tea party protesters have carried signs nonsensically depicting President Obama, as Stalin, because of his support of health care reform and the passage of an economic stimulus program.

Recently a Republican member of the Irvine, California City Council showed up at an awards dinner where Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was the headline speaker, wearing a large sign plastered on the back of his suit depicting Pelosi, as the notorious Soviet murderer Joseph Stalin. The council member Steven Choi, wasn’t an invited guest, but he gained entry into the hotel hosting the event, because of his status as a local elected official. And he also wore his city council badge identifying himself as an Irvine City Council member, as he roamed the hotel lobby and dining area outside of the ballroom where Pelosi was speaking.

Speaker Pelosi spoke at the annual Harry S. Truman Awards Dinner on December 4, hosted by the Orange County Democrats at the Hilton hotel in Irvine. A group of protesters assembled outside the event and Choi decided to join them sporting his sign depicting Pelosi as Stalin. He walked through the public rooms of the hotel to ensure his sign was seen.

After his photo was taken by the OC Register, he has taken heat from his constituents and public officials for his offensive sign.

Choi was born in Korea and came to the US as a Peace Corps language instructor in 1968. He is a two-term council member who was criticized for his smearing of a Muslim opponent during his last campaign. Choi suggested that his opponent’s religion and his association with the Council for American-Islamic Relations made him dangerous.

The site praised Choi’s actions wearing a Pelosi as Stalin sign, as showing “bravery and resolve.”

Choi’s offensive stunt may have something to do with the fact that he is running for the State Assembly.

Photo Source: The Liberal OC


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