Allen, Moving On From "Macaca," Makes Questionably Anti-Semitic Comment
Sen. George Allen (R-VA), still reeling from being caught slurring a man of Indian descent, now has apparently been caught making a questionably anti-Semitic comment.
Following an Aug. 25 article in the Jewish Daily Forward, Allen and campaign manager Dick Wadhams confirmed that Allen's maternal grandfather, Felix Lumbroso, an Italian businessman jailed by the Nazis in North Africa, was Jewish.
Allen admitted he knew as much when he angrily ducked a question on the subject during a debate Monday with Democratic challenger Jim Webb.
Speaking with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Allen said the disclosure is "just an interesting nuance to my background."
He added, "I still had a ham sandwich for lunch. And my mother made great pork chops."
Ah, a joke about not eating kosher (read: "I'm not really Jewish.")
Why didn't he just make a joke about paying full price for that sandwich? Then he really could have completed the stereotype.
Allen has spent a lot of time trying to cultivate an image as a "good ol' boy," even though he was born in Southern California, and grew up there and in Chicago. And maybe as a fake "good ol' boy," Allen thinks it makes good politics to distance yourself from being even a little bit Jewish. (Virginia's population is only 0.9% Jewish, according to the Census Bureau.)
Allen -- a man who has apologized for his lengthy history of questionably racist decisions -- has been trying to distance himself from his recent use of "macaca" to describe the man, a Webb campaign worker who is American but of Indian descent.
"It’s not who I am. It’s not how I was raised," Allen told NBC's Tim Russert on Meet The Press.
His latest off-the-cuff remarks would seem to confirm the opposite.