In a secretly-recorded conference call on Monday, Democratic US congressional candidate Pete Aguilar can be heard telling supporters that “the United States should back off from military and economic support to Israel. American support of Israel,and really Israel as a people and political power, is a drag on the United States, and frankly, the world,” according to the Jewish Times. The article also alleged that Aguilar had compared Hamas to the Founding Fathers.
But the website in question turned out to be a fake one.
“False attacks and the spreading of misinformation is always disappointing, especially when voters are faced with such an important choice in selecting their next representative,” said Aguilar’s spokeswoman Tatiana Winograd. “But these allegations against Mayor Aguilar, at a time of increased conflict and violence in the Middle East, are especially troubling. Pete is a strong supporter of the state of Israel, and these comments are not only false, they distract from a meaningful discussion on a serious issue.”
“The residents of San Bernardino County deserve more than false accusations and baseless claims meant only to confuse voters and distract from the real issues. Pete is committed to an honest, open dialogue and running a campaign worthy of this community and the middle class families he is looking to represent,” Winograd said.
The false statements attributed to Aguilar were published on a fake news website one day before the National Journal reported that the, “National Republican Congressional Committee, which came under fire earlier this year for a deceptive series of fake Democratic candidate websites that it later changed after public outcry, has launched a new set of deceptive websites, this time designed to look like local news sources.”
Aguilar is facing off in November against a Republican who is an Iraq War veteran, Dr. Paul Chabot.
Chabot served first at the Office of Naval Intelligence, later with the Defense Intelligence Agency, in conjunction with an assignment in the Pentagon working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the National Military Command Center assessing immediate national security threats. He returned from serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with Special Operations Forces. Today, Paul serves with the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the rank of Lieutenant Commander, with the United States Navy Reserve.