RJC slams congressman for counting opponent’s ‘Jewish money’
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) — Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matthew Brooks on Friday issued a statement in response to Rep. Mike McMahon’s (Democrat-New York) reelection campaign attacking “Jewish money” going to a potential Republican challenger.
“Congressman McMahon has fired his communications director, but what about the other staff involved? Who asked for that list to be compiled? Who approved that action? Congressman McMahon needs to do more than apologize for ‘inappropriate comments’ – he must be held accountable for actions that his campaign staff took to count Jews supporting his rival,” Brooks said.
“It is appalling to see such anti-Jewish stereotypes coming from the campaign of a congressman who describes himself as a mainstream, centrist Democrat,” Brooks added. “I don’t think this is something that should be swept under the rug. Seeing such bigotry from a sitting congressman’s campaign is deeply troubling.”
On Thursday, the reelection campaign of Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon (NY-13) shared with the New York Observer a list of Jewish donors who contributed to Mike Grimm, a potential Republican contender for his seat in November. McMahon’s staff offered a list of over 80 names, labeled “Grimm Jewish Money Q2,” supposedly to show that Grimm’s substantial second-quarter fundraising proceeds came from outside the district.
David Freedlander of the New York Observer quotes McMahon campaign spokesman Jennifer Nelson:
Politico.com picked up the story, quoting Grimm’s response:
Within hours, McMahon fired Nelson and issued an apology for the “inappropriate” and “unfortunate” remarks made by Nelson.