An ex-judge has apologized after the McCain campaign and Republicans denounced her email sent to Jewish voters in Pennsylvania suggesting that presidential candidate Barack Obama taught members of a community group “to commit voter registration fraud.” She also compared a vote for Obama ignoring “the warning signs in the 1930s and 1940s.”
GOP political consultant Bryan Rudnick helped draft it and has been fired for his role in the controversy. He says, however, that “I had authorization from party officials” to send the e-mail.
The e-mail was sent to 75,000 Jewish voters and read “Paid for by the Republican Federal Committee of PA – Victory 2008.” It warned “Fellow Jewish Voters” of the danger of a second Holocaust due to the threats to Israel from its neighbors. It added: “Jewish Americans cannot afford to make the wrong decision on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008. Many of our ancestors ignored the warning signs in the 1930s and 1940s and made a tragic mistake. Let’s not make a similar one this year!”
The e-mail was signed by former state Supreme Court justice Sandra Schultz Newman. What is astonishing is Newman is member of McCain’s task force monitoring election day voting. The email was also signed by real estate developer Mitchell L. Morgan steel industry executive I. Michael Coslov.
Newman was the first woman elected to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and resigned in 2006.
Today, Ms. Newman sent an e-mail apologizing. An apology seems a bit light as a response. Newman should be thrown from any campaign related post and certainly should have nothing to do with monitoring elections. The e-mail was an outrageous act, not some misguided moment of passion.
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