Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Ms. Fox, Why Is It Relevant?

I haven't seen yesterdays debate in it's entirety yet, but Badrose taped it so I expect to see it soon. I know George Allen was there, but from the reaction I've read on various Webb supporter's blogs It's hard to tell if Jim Webb was there or not.

It seems they are much more interested in getting out the news that George Allen may have a Jew or two in his ancestry. That group includes one two Democrat blogger bloggers I thought I could respect. Is Jewish ancestry something to be ashamed of? I don't think so, but the Webb campaign has a history of going in that direction. Just ask Harris Miller. Is Joe Stanley feverishly working with PhotoShop to create another racist flyer similar to the one he created for Webb in the primary?

I have found this clip of the tasteless question. You watch it and judge for yourself.

I have e-mailed Ms. Fox and WUSA management asking just that question. If you would also like to ask Ms. Fox why this is relevant, here is her e-mail address pfox@wusa9.com

Other WUSA Station contacts;
The President & General Manager, Darryll Green dgreen@wusa9.com
News Director, Randal Stanley rstanley@wusa9.com
Vice President Community Relations, Khalim Piankhi kpiankhi@wusa9.com

UPDATE: Statement From George Allen

ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator George Allen released the following statement this afternoon:

"Yesterday, I found it especially reprehensible that a reporter would impugn the attitudes of my mother, as Ms. Peggy Fox did in her first question at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Senate debate. My mother and father both taught me to abhor bigotry, and Ms. Fox's suggestion to the contrary was deeply offensive.

"The notion peddled by the Webb campaign that I am somehow embarrassed by my heritage is equally offensive, and also absurd.

"I was raised as a Christian and my mother was raised as a Christian. And I embrace and take great pride in every aspect of my diverse heritage, including my Lumbroso family line's Jewish heritage, which I learned about from a recent magazine article and my mother confirmed.

"On several occasions through the years, I have mentioned publicly that my mother's father was incarcerated by the Nazis. I have never known whether he was persecuted by the Nazis because of his nationality, his religious faith, his role as a community leader, or his part in the anti-Nazi resistance.

"What I do know is that my grandfather's imprisonment by the Nazis had a profound impact on my mother. It was a subject she found painful to discuss and so we almost never discussed it.

"Some may find it odd that I have not probed deeply into the details of my family history, but it's a fact. We in the Allen household were simply taught that what matters is a person's character, integrity, effort, and performance - not race, gender, ethnicity or religion. And so whenever we would ask my mother through the years about our family background on her side, the answer always was, "Who cares about that?"

"My mother has lived a long and full life, and I hope and pray she will enjoy many more years. She deserves respect and she also deserves privacy, especially where painful memories are concerned. I sincerely hope that simple decency will be respected."

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