Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Ex-judge: Sorry for anti-Obama Jewish e-mail

 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. waves at the beginning of his campaign stop at the Canton Civic Center in Canton, Ohio, M...

Obama 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. waves at the beginning of his campaign stop at the Canton Civic Center in Canton, Ohio, M...

A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice apologized Monday for signing an e-mail to Jewish voters that likened a vote for Barack Obama to ignoring warning signals that led to the Holocaust.
Sandra Schultz Newman said she regrets that she did not review the final draft more carefully before it was released.
"Some of the language was inappropriate and intemperate," Newman wrote in an e-mail statement Monday. "I apologize to anyone who was offended by this misguided e-mail."
The e-mail sent Thursday to 75,000 Jewish voters in Pennsylvania warns "Fellow Jewish Voters" of the danger of a second Holocaust due to the threats to Israel from its neighbors. It also praises Republican presidential candidate John McCain's qualifications over those of Obama, the Democratic nominee.
Republicans quickly disavowed the e-mail and fired the campaign consultant who helped draft it. A campaign spokesman for McCain also repudiated it.
In Monday's statement, Newman said the original e-mail was drafted by "a worker for the McCain campaign." Asked by a reporter later in the day to identify the worker, Newman said she was referring to Bryan Rudnick, the fired consultant.
"I believe Bryan was let go before it was approved," she said in response to a query from The Associated Press. "I was not involved in hiring Bryan and so I am not sure for whom he worked."
A spokesman for the state Republican party, Mike Barley, confirmed that Rudnick was employed by the state party.
Rudnick has told the AP that he had authorization from party officials to send the e-mail. He said he was fired Friday morning over "discrepancies with strategy and logistics," and that the e-mail was not mentioned when he was let go.
A copy of the e-mail provided by Democratic officials says it was "Paid for by the Republican Federal Committee of PA - Victory 2008." The signatures of Schultz and two other McCain supporters were on the message.


Updated : 2021-05-12 03:56 GMT+08:00