(RightWing.org) – Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) switched her party affiliation from Democrat to Independent in early December 2022. Her move paved the way for a Democrat to challenge her in the upcoming 2024 general elections, and not surprisingly, one recently decided to do just that. However, this new candidate has ties to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and the Chinese Communist Party.
On January 23, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) officially launched his campaign for Sinema’s seat. He announced his decision on his Twitter account, stressing the importance of the “American Dream” in his post and the accompanying three-minute video.
Growing up poor, all I had was the American dream. It kept me going: as a kid sleeping on the floor, a student scrubbing toilets, a Marine losing brothers in Iraq.
Today, too many Arizonans see their dream slipping away. I’m running for the U.S. Senate to win it back for you! pic.twitter.com/ofUvUYRcTP
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) January 23, 2023
His announcement immediately sparked controversy, particularly on conservative-leaning websites. Most notably, the National File reported on Gallego’s link to Jeffrey Epstein’s brother through a New York-based NGO linked to a Chinese think tank.
Gallego has ties with the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) spanning at least as far back as 2015, when he participated in a series of meetings with United Nations officials hosted by the group. Of particular note, Jeffrey Epstein’s younger brother, Mark Epstein, served on the institute’s board of directors and also attended that meeting.
HDI appointed Gallego to serve on the institute’s Congressional Advisory Board in 2019, along with other top Democrats like Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), and Maxine Waters (D-CA). Schiff left the board at the end of 2020; the others were still serving in 2022. The group hasn’t published an updated list of members for 2023.
This is coming out now…
Congressman Ruben Gallego wants to be our US senator from Arizona. 👀
Inquiring minds want to know more about his apparent link to the CCP via the Epstein-tied Humpty Dumpty Institute.
You can't make this stuff up.
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) January 24, 2023
It remains unclear how long Mark Epstein served on the HDI’s board of directors. A review of the website on the Internet Archives showed him listed in April 2021, but it didn’t appear on subsequent versions of the list of board members.
Of additional concern, the HDI has questionable dealings with a Beijing-based think tank called the Taihe Institute. The group reportedly employs several current and former members of the Chinese Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army.
A sprinkling of Republican lawmakers served on HDI’s Congressional Advisory Board as of January 2023. However, when the Washington Examiner reached out to them, they said they didn’t know about the group’s ties to the Taihe Institute. One said he didn’t even know he was listed as a board member and asked to be removed. Another confirmed he submitted his resignation upon hearing of the Chinese connection.
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