Thursday, October 05, 2006

Another Political Aide Resigns -- This Time a Democrat

Will there be any politicians left standing by the end of November? Congressman Mark Foley resigned over lurid messages sent to male Congressional pages. Foley's chief of staff, Kirk Fordham, was forced out as a result of the Foley flap. An aide to U.S. Representative Charlie Bass, Tad Furtado, also just resigned after posting messages to political blogs using a government computer in which he professed support for Bass's Democratic opponent, Paul Hodes, but discounted his chances of winning in November.

Now a Democratic Congressional campaign worker has been forced to resign after making an anti-Semetic slur against Senator George Allen:

A field organizer for Democratic congressional candidate Al Weed resigned yesterday after it was discovered that she referred to Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) as "Macacawitz."

In an e-mail sent last night, Meryl Ibis asked Democratic supporters to protest "George 'Macacawitz' Allen" during a Republican rally in Danville.

The term "Macacawitz" is an apparent reference to Allen's use of the word "macaca" and the recent discovery that he has Jewish heritage.

Weed spokesman Kurt Gleeson said the staffer "made a mistake in her language that was not sanctioned by the campaign." Weed is challenging Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.) in the Southside district.

Dick Wadhams, Allen's campaign manager, said Ibis's e-mail "fits a pattern of anti-Semitic behavior" by Democrats. Wadhams said Allen's opponent, Democrat James Webb, should be held accountable for Ibis's e-mail because she also was one of his volunteer organizers.

I guess it would be asking too much for Congressmen, staffers and campaign workers to hold themselves to the same standards of decency and decorum observed in workplaces all across corporate America.

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