UPDATE: Yesterday, NJDC issued a press release which is enclosed below. Today, we learned of reports indicating that John McCain has apologized to Senator Obama. This was the right thing for him to do. Sadly, the Tennessee Republican Party still has the release on its website, and it is standing by its smear charges. John McCain, as the presumptive nominee should do whatever he can to stop surrogates from taking such actions on his behalf.
NJDC DEMANDS MCCAIN DENOUNCE TENNESSEE REPUBLICAN PARTY FOR SMEAR RELEASE AGAINST OBAMA
Tennessee GOP tried to tie Obama to anti-Semitism
February 27, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) demanded that Senator John McCain condemn the Tennessee Republican Party for issuing a smear release against Senator Barack Obama which reprehensibly attempted to tie him to anti-Semitism. In addition, NJDC called on McCain to instruct all his campaign surrogates not to use charges of anti-Semitism for political purposes.
“The Tennessee Republican Party has attempted to smear Barack Obama in a crude, cynical outburst of dirty politics,” said NJDC Executive Director Ira N. Forman. “To use anti-Semitism for political gamesmanship is an insult to Jews of all political persuasions. And frankly, such a blatant stunt isn’t going to fool anyone.”