Throwback Thursday: ‘From GOP Operative to Anti-Semitic Iranian Stooge’

Mark Dankof

by Katie Zavadski

A former Republican operative and fringe U.S. Senate candidate has found himself a new role—as a gay-hating, anti-Semite on Iranian state TV.

Texan Mark Dankof has parlayed his failed, largely forgotten 2000 run for the U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate from Delaware into a cushy gig bashing Jews and the American government on Press TV. His claim to on-air legitimacy is a political bid made from the far, far-right Constitution Party, and promptly forgotten by all in Delaware immediately thereafter.

But Dankof is well regarded in Tehran, making frequent regular appearances on the state-run television outlet. In June, for example, Dankof made a splash by thanking Jews for bringing gay marriage to America…

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