If today's University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll -- which had former Houston Mayor Bill White with a whopping 50-11 lead over Farouk Shami (30 percent claimed to be undecided) -- wasn't enough to hand the Democratic gubernatorial nomination to White, Shami ensured that the 10 million bucks he vowed to personally spend on his campaign has officially been wasted. During an interview with WFAA-Channel 8 for Inside Texas Politics, Shami topped the seemingly un-toppable -- Debra Medina's self-inflicted wound regarding the government's involvement in 9/11.
After a series of damaging statements from Shami on the subject, when asked directly about whether or not the government was behind the attacks, he said, "I'm not saying yes or no because I don't know the truth."
His campaign fired off a statement, which can be found after the jump, but there was no defense of his numerous comments about whites not wanting to work in his factories.
Um, Dwaine, want a redo on that endorsement?
Farouk Shami, like most Americans, still grapples with the events that transpired on September 11, 2001. When asked, in an interview earlier this afternoon as to whether or not he believed 9/11 was an inside job, Farouk responded with the fact that he did not know. To say that he believes otherwise is at best mischaracterization of his comments and at worst yet another attempt to discredit Farouk Shami. Farouk has shown his unwavering support to the victims of 9/11 by visiting New York and donating millions of dollars to help business owners who were affected by the tragedy.
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