Oy vey! Jews and non-Jews plenty mad over McMahon’s ‘Jewish money’ gaffe

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The “Jews” are not happy about Rep. Mike McMahon’s “Jewish money” gaffe.

The Anti-Defamation League is demanding an apology from the freshman Bay Ridge Democrat after a staffer criticized Republican challenger Mike Grimm for taking in “a lot of Jewish money” in his campaign.

The staffer, Jennifer Nelson, was fired after the New York Observer reported that she leaked a list of Grimm’s supposedly Jewish donors for the second quarter of 2010 in a file titled, “Grimm Jewish Money Q2.”

Nelson was apparently trying to demonstrate that Grimm is raising considerable cash from outside the 13th congressional district, which includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst.

“Where is Grimm’s money coming from?” Nelson wrote to the newspaper. “There is a lot of Jewish money, a lot of money from people in Florida and Manhattan, retirees.”

The bias immediately left a black mark on McMahon’s campaign — and the ADL proceeded to thicken it.

“The creation of a list … of his opponent’s Jewish donors is an appeal to religious, racial or ethnic bias which has no place in political campaigns,” said Myrna Shinbaum, a spokeswoman for the national Jewish organization. “The list trades on age-old stereotypes about Jews and money and treats Jews as separate from other constituents. It is offensive, unacceptable and requires an immediate apology.”

The organization quickly got it.

“The comments were entirely inappropriate and there is no place for this kind of behavior,” McMahon, who dodged our calls on Friday, said in a statement that announced Nelson’s canning. “I was outraged by these unfortunate remarks, which were unauthorized and in no way indicative of my beliefs.”

Hours later, the Anti-Defamation League did accept McMahon’s apology, but Grimm’s side was not appeased.

“This was completely outrageous and over the top,” growled the Republican candidate, one of two GOP hopefuls eyeing their party’s nomination to face McMahon. “There was a specific intent to segregate my Jewish donors. There has to be a reason why he did that.

“How does the religious affiliation of my donors impact the district?” he asked. “What is he trying to say, that there’s no Jewish people in the district? It’s extremely disturbing.”

Orthodox Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Boro Park), whose shares Dyker Heights and parts of Bensonhurst with McMahon, called the congressman’s “Jewish list” a “sad and unfortunate commentary.”

“We’re living in 2010 and I can’t believe that people still indulge in this kind of behavior,” said Hikind. “I’m sure no one compiled a list of Italian donors. People just don’t get it.”

Later, Hikind, too, accepted McMahon’s apology.

Naturally, Grimm’s opponent for the Republican nomination found McMahon’s actions “despicable” — even if there’s a minute possibility that allegations about Grimm’s support comes from outside the district, would help his chances.

“This is the lowest level of political chicanery I can imagine,” said Michael Allegretti. “When I heard his people were conducting a list like this, I was disgusted.”

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La-Quanda from Brownsville says:
Typical jews, thinking that their money can buy everything. I enjoy that actually reporting that the money came from jews is supposed to be defamation, despite it being the truth. Thanks again thought police.
July 31, 2010, 5:19 am
Rebel from Florida says:
I agree. The only people who have a problem with it are jews while they do this to everyone else. In Palestine jews keep track of Palestinian political donors and make lists and even blockades based off those lists. So where is the problem?
“The creation of a list … of his opponent’s Jewish donors is an appeal to religious, racial or ethnic bias which has no place in political campaigns,” said Myrna Shinbaum, a spokeswoman for the national Jewish organization."
What a liar! Religion plays directly into politics and they darn well know it! Just ask a Palestinian if it doesn't! So the jews do it to others, but do not like when it is done to them.
Maybe the jews need to be aware that other humans are still counting them and WHERE they are- like in Russia where they are NOT welcome any more after they murdered of 122 million people there.
And WHERE did the assasins of the Czar come from? New York City. It is in the history books people!
It is because of their religion and politics that gets them separated out.
July 31, 2010, 7:14 am
ernie1241 from California says:
Eustace Mullins is an American hero! signed sincerely, Ernie1241 agent of ADL.
July 31, 2010, 7:17 am
the marine from port richmond says:
Exactly what did Ms Nelson say that was wrong,all she did was point out a fact. As we speak we have American Christians Black ,White, Hispanic, Asians defending the rights of every American from allege Islamic terrorists and there way of life, and yet it is alright for the Jewish media, liberal politicians to censor any thing they feel is against them (jews)or Israel. Yet the Jewish ACLU and the rest of the Jewish thugs can spout anything t hey want against Christians, Moslem's, with Impunity. Listen up jewish people all Americans are getting fed up
July 31, 2010, 7:55 am
In my opinion from Bensonhurst says:
Unreal. I read the article and believe Congressman McMahon's apology for a rouge campiagn worker. She is a jerk who thinks her information is power. Are these religious lists made? I am sure they are in campaigns since all money talks. But, reading the horrible feedback comments is disconcerting. Anti-semitism is alive and well and living among us in Brooklyn. The hatred is unreal--calling for Jews to be separated out and that America is fed up with all Jewish people. Sounds more like Eastern Europe in the 1930's than supposedly enlightened 2010. All it takes is scraping the top level and all the hatred comes to light. There are good and bad in all religions, races and beliefs. And ignorant fools come in all creeds...Seems like a good many visit this site.
July 31, 2010, 8:36 am
me from maryland says:
I think due to their history, it is very difficult to create any list of anything "jewish" without causing a problem. Singling them out will always make someone think you had bad intentions, whether true or not. Maybe the writer should have made it a list of all donors, organized by religious group. I'd be curious to see if that would cause the same uproar.
July 31, 2010, 8:37 am
unknown Arab from bensonhurst says:
No one here has written any thing expressing hatred of the Jewish people that I can see,what they are saying is they are tired of there right of the freedoms of speech being trample, all Ms Nelson say was to get a list of jewish donors, are Jewish people that sensitive that no one can question there motives. And yet benny you call Ms Nelson a jerk so it is alright for you Jews to have there freedom of speech and spout your hate crimes because some one disagrees and every one else will be label and anti semite it they call you a moron. If any one disagrees about the holocaust you call them anti semitic, and yet all we here is about the Nazi war crimes. Yet what about the crimes that jews have cause in the soviet uniion 20 million christians, due to the jewish communists marxist lenin in late 20 and early thirtys. what about Palestine. No Bensonhurst the real racists are Jews like you every one knows from Europe, Asia, Africa ,South America, and now America. What are you jews going to do when Americans have had enough of the racists and the arrogant attitude that the Jewish people have toward every one who is not a Jew. What are you going when Americans turn there back? It was the Americans that protects Israel. Israel has Nukes and has them pointed at Europe and Arab countries And yet the Jewish media HAS NO PROBLEM WITH THAT AND yet the Jews They are having nervous breakdowns because Iran is trying to develop nukes. see the double standard Jewish mentality do what i say not what i do. Every country from the beginning of time they been kick out every country from Egypt, Rome , Spain, Turkey, Germany, need i go on.
July 31, 2010, 9:09 am
I from Israel says:
No the real racists are the Arabs who can't tolerate Jewish citizens defending themselves, and Israel's right to exist.

Isn't it Iran that wants Israel blown off the map.

I guess you forgot to mention that in your real racist like tirade.
July 31, 2010, 11:43 am
AG from Chicago says:
Typical to see anti jewish comments come out of this. It is insane how much the world hates jews.

Imagine if someone made a "Catholic Money List" or a 'Black Money List"

The outrage....
July 31, 2010, 11:49 am
Allen from Downtown says:
AG, you gotta be KIDDING if you don't think that such lists exist!
July 31, 2010, 12:37 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
I am hoping McMahon loses, but I don't see how this is necessarily as bad as people are making it out to seem. McMahon or his top staff people may have simply wanted to know who ws supporting Grimm, and where his support was coming from so that McMahon could counter-market to these people. Staff people may have simply inartfully labeled their research findings.

But we need as few socialist as possible in Congress, so I still hope McMahon loses.
July 31, 2010, 12:37 pm
moses from parkslope says:
I agree steve, a big deal out of nothing, betcha mike knew and wanted to see how many jews were supporting grim, to get a better look at on how he is going to do in the jewish neighborhood. the real tragedy is that niether party is paying attention to the illegals that flood our country, the bridge tolls that are killing the middle class, the crime that is going rampart in our city and across our nation, A president that is totally out of touch with realty, a mayor that love to tax, and here were are Christians and Jews and Moslem's arguing over something as stupid as it that. bottom line if we all do not come together we will sure hang together.first ms nelson said nothing wrong and she should have not been fired, everybody lumps people together whether there Italians, Irish, Jew, Gentile etc. And people are not upset with the jews the y are upset with the political correctness. Americans died for that right. to my jewish readers remember the first thing Adolf Hilter, and Joe Stalin, Mao took away was freedom of speech. what happens to the gentile will filter on down to you. Defend freedom of speech at all cost it so precious.
July 31, 2010, 2:32 pm
loufalce from dyker Heights says:
You just lost MY vote Mc Mahon-and I`m not even Jewish!
July 31, 2010, 4:28 pm
TC from Dongan Hills says:
You all realize this election has near nothing to do with whatever anyone in Brooklyn thinks, right? If Vito didn't have the baby Mamma down in the Beltway, McMahon would be hoping to get elected SI Boro President so he could keep on avoiding real work. But when it comes down to it, Staten Island decides who wins... not you mooks.
Aug. 1, 2010, 5:46 pm
Sick and Tired from Dyker Heights says:
I am so sick and tired of the fighting between the Jews and the Arabs. You've been fighting since the beginning of time, and will continue to fight forever. There will never be a resolution. The hatred will go on forever. I just wish that you people would stop bothering the rest of the world with your stupid fights over a couple of dry acres of sand that nobody else cares about. You want to fight? Go ahead, just stop dragging us into it. I am however very interested to see what happens when the oil runs out, because at that point we won't pay the bills anymore... and you're all on your own... it's only a matter of time, maybe another 30-40 years? And then what? You will all be irrelevant and I can't wait.
Aug. 5, 2010, 4:53 pm
Stavros from Bay Ridge says:
The fact of the matter is that Michael Grimm is a cretin.
Aug. 5, 2010, 8:19 pm
Starvos from Dyker Heights says:
The fact of the matter is your the lunatic, and Mike McMahon is the innovator of such crazy statements like the term cretin.
Aug. 6, 2010, 12:21 am
Common Sense from The World says:
The final fact is that jews are impopular...In Oliver Twist the cry "kill the jew" reflected a deep feeling among britons then...and today well, I am absolutely certain the jewish culture impopularity is far bigger than what it was when this tale was written. Seems that this association to defend and perpetuate petty privileges calles jewishdom is about to face the same momentum the have faced so many times before. It's in their nature and of course we are fed up of them
Sept. 21, 2010, 7:08 pm
Dov Stein from Midwood says:
The truth is many in the Brooklyn Orthodox community have separated themselves from everyone else and even consider Reform Jews non- Jews!
Some of the negative feelings toward the Orthodox are thus, understandable.
They have chosen an insular life, so don't expect others to care and include them.

Get real, this is life in Brooklyn, NY
Oct. 15, 2010, 4:32 pm
ernie1241 from Palm Springs CA says:
Just for the record --- whomever posted the message in this thread copied below, used my screen name to maliciously attribute to me sentiments which I do not share. Eustace Mullins was a life-long racist and anti-semite and certainly is no hero to any decent American.
See my report about Mullins here:

----------PHONY MESSAGE----------

ernie1241 from California says:
Eustace Mullins is an American hero! signed sincerely, Ernie1241 agent of ADL.
Dec. 2, 2010, 10:36 am

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