Nunn: Unaware of Supporter’s Criminal Background

One of the co-sponsors of a Michelle Nunn fundraiser earlier this week was Virtual Murrell, who was convicted in 1994 on bribery charges.

The AJC is reporting that Murrell now owns a government relations firm in Washington, D.C.

According to the National Review, Murrell was indicted in 1994 by a federal grand jury on charges that he solicited and received more than $37,000 in bribes while serving as an aide to an Oakland city councilman. Murrell pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in prison.

Murrell was also a member of the Black Panthers in the late 1960s. Archival news footage from a San Francisco TV station shows him arguing that blacks should be exempt from military service:

“I’m due to report for induction tomorrow morning for the purposes of being drafted into the United States Army … If this racist, ethnocentric, imperialistic dog forces me to go, I have no other choice other than to sabotage your arsenal and to arm black people to use [arms] against this racist power structure to defend themselves.”

Nunn spokesman Nathan Click says, “Our campaign was unaware of Mr. Murrell’s criminal history and disagrees with his comments.”