Saw this at DailyKos and was really pretty shocked at the behavior of Rep. J.D. Hayworth's (R-AZ) staff:
Unable to defend his repeated praise of Henry Ford's anti-Semitic "Americanization" program, U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth bailed on a scheduled campaign appearance Tuesday evening only to send in his place surrogates who repeatedly lectured the audience at Temple Beth Israel in Scottsdale and proclaimed that Hayworth "is a more observant Jew" than those present. [Source: Arizona Republic, Oct. 17, 2006]
The comment by Jonathan Tratt, a spokesman for the Hayworth campaign, drew loud and angry boos and caused nearly three-quarters of the crowd of more than 200 to walk out in disgust. After the walkout, another Hayworth surrogate, Irit Tratt, stood on the Temple's bimah as she told members of the audience who gathered to ask questions, "No wonder there are anti-Semites."
There are so many ways that this is just wrong. First off, it is common knowledge (and beyond dispute) that Henry Ford was anti-semitic. He published the Protocols of the Elders of Zion for fuck's sake! And added his own chapters!! So, Hayworth's defense of Ford is idiotic. But for his staff members to lecture a synagogue full of people that Hayworth is "more of an observant Jew" than the actual Jews in the place is beyond the pale. But Hayworth's people were able to outdo it with the "Now wonder there are anti-Semites" line. Hayworth should be profusely apologizing not just for this incident, but for his defense of Ford, too. His staff members should be dismissed, as well.
Of course, Hayworth is a Republican, which means that he is incapable of admitting error or accepting responsibility, and will likely claim this is part of some liberal plot against him. Voters in Arizona's 5th District need to give this loser his walking papers on November 7.
Hayworth is such a goddamn blowhard. I've always thought he looked like he escaped from the Island of Doctor Moreau...
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