From the late 60’s to the mid 70′s the Weather Underground planted and detonated bombs across the United States. A radical anti-war group with violent methods. One of its cofounders was Mark Rudd. The self described intellectual author of the group’s strategy. Rudd – who’s lived in Albuquerque for decades – has expressed regret for the group’s actions. Just a week and a half ago, Democratic candidate for governor businessman Alan Webber held a fundraiser at Rudd’s Albuquerque home. A day later, Rudd endorsed Webber in an email. Tonight, Webber both distanced himself from Rudd and defended Rudd in a statement quote, “I just met Mark Rudd. Of course I denounce terrorism and understand Mark Rudd regrets his involvement with the radical anti- government group from the 1960′s. For over two decades, Mark has been a proponent of non-violence and a teacher at CNM [Central New Mexico Community College].” Another Weather Underground co-founder, Bill Ayers, was in the political spotlight in 2008 for his ties to then-candidate Barack Obama.
If you read Rudd’s Wikipedia biography you will notice he was a leader, along with Bernadine Dohrn, of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Columbia University. Rudd and other SDS leaders visited Cuba in 1968 and met with delegates from North Vietnam, Cuba, and the Soviet Union.
Gary Trudeau based the Doonesbury character Mark Slackmeyer on Rudd. Rudd wrote about how great things were in Cuba and he idolized Che Guevara. Rudd was expelled from Columbia after his role in riots and sit-ins. After SDS splintered:
Rudd and other former RYM members ultimately formed Weatherman, a self-proclaimed “organization of communist women and men.” The new organization was intent on overthrowing the government through violent actions. Spreading communism was a priority for the members of Weather, as when Rudd told other members of SDS, “ Don’t be timid about telling people we’re Communist. Don’t deny it, be proud of it.”
Rudd and his associated participated in events that became know as the Days of Rage. Rudd and others went underground after an explosion in a Greenwich Village townhouse. Weathermen were constructing nail bombs there when one accidentally detonated and killed three people:
According to Mark Rudd, the plan was to set them off that evening at a dance for noncommissioned officers and their dates at the Fort Dix, New Jersey Army base, to “bring the [Vietnam] war home”.
Webber had the event at Rudd’s house a week and a half ago. Rudd endorsed him via email the next day. It took this long for Webber to distance himself from Rudd after that?