Oklahoman Newspaper forces release of mayoral candidate Ed Shadid’s divorce records
By Ray Hanania
The Oklahoman Newspaper, which some critics have alleged has an anti-Arab history, won its battle to force the opening of the sealed divorce records of Ed Shadid, the candidate for mayor in Oklahoma City in the March 4, 2014 election.
Shadid, who is Lebanese Arab American, fought the effort claiming the records had nothing to do with his public service and that the records were sealed to protect his family and children. Divorce records are frequently sealed to protect families divided by divorce and often exaggerated out of anger and emotion.
A medical doctor, Shadid is currently a member of the Oklahoma City Council, elected to the 2nd District.
Shadid was born and raised in Oklahoma City and comes from a family with century-long ties to the State of Oklahoma. After World-War I era migration to Oklahoma, Dr. Shadid’s hard-working grandparents of modest means emphasized education above all else. They raised children and grandchildren who, along with other members of the Shadid family, have provided healthcare to Oklahomans since before statehood.
Dr. Shadid is a board-certified spinal surgeon who received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northwestern University in Chicago. He returned to the University of Oklahoma for his medical degree, trained in general and orthopedic surgery in New York City and then specialized in spinal surgery in San Francisco. Dr. Shadid opened his practice in Oklahoma City in 2001. The 13,000 patients who have been treated at Spine Care of Oklahoma include a large number of soldiers, primarily from Fort Sill in Lawton.
Shadid ran for office in 2010 after he became trapped under an overpass during a major tornado storm. He ran for the Oklahoma legislature, and lost. But came back to succeed retiring councilman Sam Bowman. Shadid won the seat in 2011 and vowed to expose the hidden campaign donations made anonymously into local elections. The anonymous funds represented efforts by major political interests to protect businesses and political clout.
The focus on his personal life is seen as a way to undermine Shadid and district voters from his campaign to bring true transparency to politics, not personal and families lives.
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
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Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
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Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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