Zinga goofs on airline profiling
Campaign manager blames his 'poor briefing'
By BERNARD SCHOENBURG
Published Tuesday, September 12, 2006
All Middle Eastern men should get secondary security screenings as they board airplanes, a candidate for the U.S. House said in Springfield on Monday.
However, Republican Andrea Zinga's campaign manager, Charlie Johnston, said later "that's not what she wanted to say." He said she really meant to say that there should be no threat of anti-discrimination legal action against airlines if the pre-screening system to identify problem passengers identifies more than three people from the same ethnic group.
Johnston said Monday night that he had discussed the screening problem with Zinga based on an article in the Autumn 2004 edition of City Journal magazine by Heather MacDonald, a scholar at the conservative Manhattan Institute in New York. Johnston said he and Zinga "went through some" of the article, but, he added, "I did a poor briefing on this."
In her appearance Monday morning at Springfield Fire Station No. 1 to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Zinga, of Coal Valley, told reporters, "Profiling doesn't bother me if we are profiling the people who, with one exception - and that would be Timothy McVeigh - have caused the outrages against our nation and caused the deaths of American citizens. We're talking about Mid-Eastern men."
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