NY Pol Lists Foe's 'Jewish Money' Donors

Rep. Mike McMahon scrambles to fire staffer, apologize
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2010 10:46 AM CDT
Rep. Mike McMahon has apologized for his staff's list.   (http://mcmahon.house.gov/)

(Newser) – A Democratic congressman is practicing damage control after his campaign compiled a list of Jewish donors contributing to his GOP challenger. Rep. Mike McMahon's staff didn't exactly try to keep it a secret: They gave the report, subtly titled "Grimm Jewish Money Q2," to the New York Observer, with the stated intent of showing that Mike Grimm is getting a lot of money from out-of-district contributors.

"Where is Grimm's money coming from?" said campaign spokesperson Jennifer Nelson. "There is a lot of Jewish money, a lot of money from people in Florida and Manhattan, retirees." McMahon has since fired Nelson, apologized, and declared himself "outraged," reports Ben Smith of Politico. Grimm's reaction: "The fact that a US congressman would separate out any group by religion or even by ethnicity is nothing short of outrageous. This goes beyond politics." (Read more Mike Grimm stories.)

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