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Author:  Jim Kouri
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Date:  October 1, 2006
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Sen. Byrd's Klansman Father Took Him to KKK Meetings, Says Opponent

When Sen. Robert Byrd tossed a grenade at his opponent in the November election, that opponent threw a cluster bomb right back. And the Democrat Party lapdogs in the news media ignored it.

by Jim Kouri, CPP

West Virginia GOP senatorial candidate John Raese slapped back at Senator Robert Byrd’s reference to Raese’s deceased father in a West Virginia public television profile which aired Thursday night.

In a transcript of the program obtained by the Raese campaign Thursday afternoon, Byrd says, “(Raese’s) father was my friend. I think his father would have been … somewhat ashamed. His father would be supporting me today I feel if he were alive.”

Raese fired back, saying, “It is Senator Byrd who should be ashamed for smearing my father – and my family by extension – when he knows my father is deceased and cannot speak for himself. I am astounded at the disgusting arrogance of Senator Byrd in suggesting that my father would support ever him over his own son. Senator Byrd has a nasty habit of saying outrageous things and this is just another example of that arrogance,” Raese said.

  Raese said the contrast between his father and Senator Byrd’s father is a lesson to remember.

“When I was a boy, my father was taking me to basketball and baseball games, and to Dairy Queen after the game,” said Raese.

"By contrast, according to Senator Byrd’s autobiography, his father was taking him to“ Ku Klux Klan meetings. Years later, when I was 34, I was running for the United States Senate. Senator Byrd was, at that same age, by his own account, recruiting members to the KKK,” he said.

  Added Raese, “I know who my father would be ashamed of, and it wouldn’t be me.”

Jim Kouri
Chief of Police Magazine (Contributing Editor)

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Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com,, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.

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