With all due apologies to my readers in other parts of the country, in other countries and all ships at sea, I would like to be a little provincial here. We have an election coming up November 2, and in Irvine and surrounding areas, Beth Krom, former mayor of Irvine is running for John Campbell's congressional seat. As a constituent, I have a question which I would like to pose to Ms. Krom.
As you know, Ms Krom, UC-Irvine has for the past several years, experienced strife on our campus over many of the speakers brought to speak by the Muslim Student Union. Complaints have been lodged that some of these speakers crossed the line into anti-Semitic hate speech. Also, as you know, members of the MSU disrupted the speech of the Israeli ambassador to the US on February 8, 2010- on the UCI campus. After this incident, John Campbell (after considerable prodding) wrote a letter of complaint to UCI Chancellor Michael Drake about the activities of the UCI-MSU.
I would like to know what specifically, if anything, you have said on the record about this continuing controversy at UCI. More specifically, have you ever issued a written public statement, made a public statement or written any letters to the UCI Chancellor or the University of California president expressing your views on this issue. If not, I would like to give you the opportunity to make such a statement publicly describing your views.
Please note that I am not referring to any private contacts and discussions you may have had with UCI officials or UC officials. I want to know specifically what your public position is on this issue.
Update: I just e-mailed this question to her website (10-26-10). I'll let you know if I get a response.