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Santa Fe, NM – “Declaring that there is no place for hate speech and anti-Semitism in our country”, Marco Serna called upon his primary election opponent Valerie Plame to return all contributions she has received from holocaust deniers and white supremacists.”We know from press reports that Ms. Plame has accepted contributions from holocaust deniers. What we don’t know – given the $390,7990 in unitemized receipts – the extent of her support from white supremacists. I am challenging her to disclose all of her contributors so that we can see the debt of her white supremacist support”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Serna’s campaign included a copy of an article that Plame tweeted to her followers titled “America Jews are driving America’s war”. It also issued a fact sheet that detailed the rising incidents of hate speech in America and in New Mexico. Lastly, the press release included press clips from national pundits who criticized her for her anti – Semitic tweets.

Serna stated “ It’s time that we stand up to the forces of hate speech, whether it is from Donald Trump or Valerie Plame. Her promotion of an article titled “America’s Jews are driving America’s war is a classic example of hate speech.”

 The copy of the article asserted that Jews “owned the media “, Jews should wear labels while on national television , and their beliefs are as dangerous as “rat poison”. One of the other articles she tweeted accused Israel of orchestrating the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In her campaign for Congress, she has accepted  contributions from  a prominent Holocaust denier Pete McCloskey  who has given speeches promoting the “so-called Holocaust and praised a right wing group for its efforts to combat conventional wisdom on the genocide.

When originally confronted with complaints, Ms. Plame told her critics to “calm down, retweets don’t imply endorsements. Yes very provocative but thoughtful”. 

Serna stated that “I agree with Chris Cuomo on CNN when he stated “You have retweeted or shown interest in articles that are put out by a web site that is basically a platform for extremist thought and anti – Semitism.” He also stated “You have shown other interests in the web site before. Why would you have anything to do with a web site that is operated or at least provided by a guy who is a Holocaust denier?” 

Serna stated “It’s not enough to apologize when you have a long history of spreading anti – semitic rhetoric. I agree with Seth Frantzman of the Jerusalem Post who wrote about Plame’s candidacy “No one in recent memory has run for Congress so prominently and claimed Jews caused America’s wars. He added, “Most people don’t make mistakes and tweet that America’s Jews control America’s wars unless they hate Jews”. 

Serna closed by stating “It’s bad enough we have had to endure three years of Donald Trumps’ negativity and hate speech. I simply cannot remain silent when a member of my own party promotes this type of hate speech”!