Muslim Democratic Caucus leader resigns from Dept of Health Care Finance prior to investigation

Did you even know there was a Muslim Democratic Caucus? Top D.C. official resigns following report

WASHINGTON – Just days after D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray [Democrat] announced stricter vetting of his excepted service appointees, a top District official has resigned.

Talib Karim says he submitted his resignation on Friday.

“It was the right thing to do,” he says.

Karim blames his resignation on the attention from a recent Washington City Paper report, which detailed a messy divorce that resulted in his wife seeking a protective order.

“It had nothing to do with my work, ” Karim says. “I did not want the agency to be tarnished. “

Karim says he did not discuss his resignation with Gray and there was no pressure for him to resign.

Karim earned $133,000 a year as chief of staff to the director of the Department of Health Care Finance. Linda Wharton Boyd, a spokesperson for Gray, confirmed Karim’s boss had accepted the resignation.

The Washington City Paper last week reported Karim had past legal problems, including a protective order requested by his ex-wife and a tax lien. Just hours after the City Paper report, Gray announced the beefed-up background checks.

Did you know the Muslim Democratic Caucus was recruiting Muslims into government positions? How many were hired and were any of the same nature as Karim’s? More from that report:

Talib Karim briefly made news during last year’s mayoral campaign when his organization, the Muslim Democratic Caucus, endorsed Gray. The Post reported that Gray was shocked by the endorsement and Karim’s political split from his brother, an ardent Fenty supporter.

“I literally fell on the floor,” Gray told the Post after Karim’s group voted to endorse him in August.

The endorsement lead to Karim working on Gray’s transition team. On the Muslim Democratic Caucus’s Yahoo! Group message board, Karim posted notices about meetings for caucus members to learn more about efforts to “help Muslims in DC secure jobs in the incoming Gray administration and DC Council.” Karim told caucus members that if they were interested in a District government job, they should submit their résumés directly to him.

In a later message, Karim wrote that “businesses and entrepreneurs interested in forming key relationships with the new Administration can email [Karim] to purchase tickets for the Muslim Dems VIP seating” at the Gray inauguration.

And in a message marked “DC Muslim Dems Make History,” Karim wrote that on Dec. 31, 2010, Gray “[lived] up to his promise to include the Muslim community in his Administration, [and appointed] Talib I. Karim, Chairman of the Muslim Democratic Caucus of DC, as a top official in the Department of Health Finance.” (The Post first reported last week that Karim had been hired.)

The department is actually called the Department of Health Care Finance. Karim says the transition team recommended him for the job. City records show he started working for DHCF on Jan. 3, 2011, the first full day of Gray’s administration and two weeks before DHCF Director Wayne Turnage took the reins of the department. Last week, when questioned about the hiring and firing of Sulaimon Brown—who has accused the mayor of lying and has strongly suggested Gray promised him a job prior to taking office—Turnage said emphatically that “all decisions about personnel begin and end with me.”

Gray’s spokeswoman, Linda Wharton-Boyd, tells LL the administration is looking into Karim’s background. “The initial vetting process only revealed financial challenges and an intra-family/child custody dispute with a former wife,” she e-mails. “Given the mayor’s Monday directive of an extensive top down review of all excepted service appointees, additional details have come to light. The matter is under review by the agency director.”

The parts of Karim’s résumé that are available online show he’s had a varied career. His previous jobs include working as a counsel on Capitol Hill, first for Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and more recently for the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Karim says much of the work he did on the Hill was related to health care–related issues.

Karim tells LL he was a “natural fit” to be paired with Turnage, who recently worked for the state of Virginia. Why? Because Karim is familiar with how to navigate the world of District politics and government. LL can’t argue with him there.

Karim has also written for the notorious Muslim Link newspaper.

8 Responses

  1. BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!! Implosion!

  2. GOOD, one down and MANY MORE TO GO. NO MUSLIM’S IN ANY GOVT. POSITIONS. THROW THEM ALL OUT. LOCK and LOAD.

  3. Another Muzzie MOLE bites the dust. In 2012, MANY more to come!

  4. He quit because “It was the right thing to do.” Where in the Koran does it say to do the right thing?
    I agree that Muslims should not be in any government position. Islam is not a religion. It is a foreign repressive political system which has gained a foothold here and our dumb as a brick politicians are making it easy for them to infiltrate.

    • I support No Sharia Here.
      America should never allow all haughty, ignorant, backward and incompetent Muslims or their excessive islamic problems to affect America or us nonbelievers.
      It is boring to read about their never ending islamic problems caused by their own islamic backward regime.

  5. Sounds like he was doing a little influence pedaling while in Gray’s office.

  6. A sample letter to send to Peter King:

    BY FACSIMILE:
    1-202-226-2279
    March 7, 2011
    Congressman Peter King
    339 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515

    In re: ISLAMIC TERROR HEARINGS
    Dear Congressman King,

    Please continue with the Hearings and do not be deterred from fact finding. It is most URGENT that these hearings takes place and that the dots are connected and made public. The Investigative Project, CAMERA, Middle East Forum, Hudson Institute, Pam Geller, etc., etc., ALL must be heeded. The facts are real, on the ground and time is running out to preserve a western type democracy and an American Constitution that really is humankind’s last best hope for Freedom and Democratic Secular ideals.

    There is an expression in arabic and expresses a consistent course of political and religious behavior for Islam : “al- wala’ w’al-bara”. It deals with loyalty to either the state or Islam and Islam must be chosen for Muslims. The problem is the Qu’ran and concepts of duality and abrogation. The problem is that the majority of Muslims profess Islam in it’s totality and are ignorant of what they profess (“true Islam is spoken in Arabic”). If you google the above term and read it and ask Congressman Ellison what that means, his answer will have to be illogical (or mere taqiyah) – to be a good Muslim, one must follow the Qu’ran exactly – no deviation is possible, hence no reformation is possible as did take place in all other great religions (after about 1400 years) – allegiance is to Allah and not the state. To be a good Muslim you must therefore adhere to jihad and the teachings and fatwas, etc. It gets tiring. Islamic extremism is therefore consistent with the Qu’ran – later teachings out rule the earlier – the violent over the “peaceful”. This can not be tolerated in America – political Islam cannot be separated from religious Islam – it’s like Nazism all over again – THAT is the problem.

    Please note that the Ikhwan Islam (Brotherhood) documents in the Holyland Foundation Trial (5th Cir Ct. Of Apps, Texas) are most illustrative of what the US government is up against and the need to take action and “weed out” those in government who would overthrow our government, our way of life and our proud American jurisprudence, all for antithetical Islamic jurisprudence and Shariah Law – the lists of “brother” organizations in America in that court evidence is astounding and scary.

    My letter will not be “P.C.” – I will say this clearly: it is the verses in the Qu’ran which drive extremism. Period. It is the verses in the Qu’ran which cannot be changed (al-wala’ w’al-bara), hence they must be obeyed. The Qu’ran commands the faithful to destroy the kuffar and demand jiyza, that is us.

    I applaud you, your gumption and your actions. Please stay the course and ignore the race baiters and haters.

    Yours in Freedom and American Constitutional Exceptionalism,

  7. He can always get a job with Sharial Compliant Bloomberg NYC or one of his two new Shariah Financials in Malaysia (ISLM) or(MYR) Yuan and Chinese Sukuk Bonds.Harvard has three Shariah Financial Instatutions Financed with Many Millions from Saudi Prince.Larry Summers and Justice Kagan Both Shariah Compliant.Well isn’t that Speacial.We have been sold out lock stock and barrel.

    Muslims are everywarein the Democratic Party.
    People seem So Surprised.No Shit Idoits,Obama is Muslim Aslo,Wake Up JackWagons! Semper Fi !!

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