September 21, 2006

Allen denies Haggadah is his, denies using Yiddish term “Mishpacha”

Posted in George Allen, political satire at 3:37 pm by thewashingtonbeltsider

by Terri Firma

George Allen, after denying Jewish ancestry last week, has had to disavow the presence of a Passover Haggadah found in his office over the weekend. “I have no idea where this came from,” he said, “and I am greatly disturbed by what I think is another plant and further dirty tricks by the Webb campaign. I have been trying to run a very positive campaign. I do not need this tsuris…excuse me, crisis, to distract me further. Oy gavalt…er, heavens to Betsy.”

The issue has been a distraction for Allen, who is running in a highly contentious Senate race in Virginia, where the Jewish vote turnout tends to run very low, and where there is a natural distrust such as elected officials of unrecognized ethn icity. This is expected to present another obstacle in an already uphill battle against challenger Jim Webb in the quest to retain his Senate seat. This does, however, solve the mystery of the origins of the Macaca slur he used on S.R. Sidarth at an Allen campaign rally several weeks ago. He was, in fact, calling Sidarth “mishpacha,” as in “fellow family member” in welcoming him into the fold of his campaign event. Allen, to date, has denied knowing Yiddish or the origin of this particular greeting, and claims he has been eating ham and pork chops for years.

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