The board president of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Zead Ramadan, has announced his candidacy for District 7 City Council and has already raised $47,000. He is a Palestinian that was born in Kuwait but came to the U.S. as a child. In December 2011, he refused to answer a question about whether he'd condemn Hamas.
In May 2012, Ramadan appeared on Iran's state-controlled PressTV and said "the comments that are being made against [American] Muslims are very eerily echoing the comments that were being made against Jews by Nazis." Another quote shed some light on why the Iranian regime booked him:
"[W]henever you think that America, the land of the free, is going to grow up and go beyond it [racism], more intolerant, extremist voices come out."