Chicago NAACP leader David Lowery is embroiled in a national controversy after claiming an Obama campaign official threatened him because of his political views. After he made his disappointment with President Obama clear, Lowery claims Louis Raymond, the Illinois political director for Obama for America, called him and said: “You know what? We know everything about you…We’ve been watching you, and since you don’t support Obama, we’ll deal with you.”
Soon after Lowery went to police, the story went national and the Obama campaign issued a statement calling the incident a matter of “miscommunication.”
But now, more information about the entire situation is coming to light. Apparently Lowery attempted to settle the matter “mano-a-mano” with Raymond, promising to drop the charges if Raymond would come on his radio program and commit to what he described as “ten rounds…in the ring.”
The Chicago News Bench uncovered video posted October 4th of Lowery saying on his radio program:
“I’m sending this [olive branch] to Obama’s team, and to Louis Raymond who called me and threatened me. Brother, come on my show– that’s going to be one of the stipulations. I want you to come on my show and talk about why you feel that David Lowry Jr. is a threat…I’m a talk show host and that’s my job, to put it out there so people can understand both sides of it. But you stepped over the boundaries with the threatening and if you’re stalking me, whatever… And then I will give you another chance.
If you want me to drop the charges, then I can…I’ll drop these charges if you vow that you will come and you [will] do ten rounds with me in the ring. I’ll drop the charges. But if you don’t, I’m going to keep pressing these charges because you had no business doing that, you disrespected me, and now you’re [going] to pay for that.”
It is unclear whether Lowery considers his radio program to be the “ring” in question, or whether he is actually looking to box the Obama staffer. Raymond has not issued a public response either way.
At the current time, the Obama campaign’s response remains: “Unfortunately there seems to have been a miscommunication regarding this conversation, and we have since discussed with the campaign staffer in an effort to clarify the matter.”
The statement adds that President Obama “continues to support the mission and principles of the NAACP and the work they do.”
This post has been updated.
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