Adrienne Vallejo Foster condemns recent Anti-SemitismAdrienne Vallejo Foster Condemns Recent Hanukkah Attack and Rise in Anti-Semitism
Renews Call for Sharice Davids to Return Donation from Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar
Adrienne Vallejo Foster, a former Mayor of Roeland Park and a Small Business Administration official who is running for Kansas’ Third Congressional district seat, released the following statement today regarding the alarming rise in anti-Semitism in the United States.
“I am saddened and appalled by the recent stabbing at a Hanukkah celebration in New York. This is the latest act in a spate of anti-Semitic domestic terrorism in our country. Public officials at all levels have a responsibility to condemn and then work to eradicate the scourge of anti-Semitism in all its forms,” Foster said.
“I also believe it is important to renew my call for Rep. Sharice Davids to return the $2,000 donation she received from anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar on September 27, 2019. Omar’s rhetoric against Israel and Jewish people is appalling and has no place in this campaign,” Foster said.
Omar once said, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
In a March 4, 2019 to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Anti-Defamation League said this about Omar’s rhetoric: “Accusing Jews of having allegiance to a foreign government has long been a vile anti-Semitic slur that has been used to harass, marginalize, and persecute the Jewish people for centuries.”
“Accepting Omar’s support is shameful and an affront to the people of the 3rd district who are united against anti-Semitism,” Foster said.
Adrienne Vallejo Foster, a second-generation Hispanic from the 3rd district, recently served as the Region 7 Advocate for the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this role, she worked with small business owners in the 3rd district and the broader Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska region. She worked alongside state and local government agencies, state legislators, and trade associations, to be the voice of small business and to help small businesses overcome burdensome regulations and other roadblocks.
Foster previously served as the Mayor of Roeland Park, KS. She was also the Executive Director of Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission with the Office of the Governor. Foster earned her undergraduate degree from Washburn University, where she studied Public Administration and earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Foster and her husband Stephen have five children.