In 2006, Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) used a North African pejorative, “macaca,” to describe a person of color, which led folks to wonder what the Southern-accented son of a legendary football coach knew from North African pejoratives, which led to the discovery that Allen’s mother was born Jewish in Tunisia, which led Allen to deny this, emphatically, which all helped lead to his defeat.
The Wonkette blog reported Thursday that former Virginia Republican senator George Allen is gearing up for a rematch against Democrat Jim Webb to get his old seat back. Webb took away the seat in 2006 when Allen ran into a barrage of heat over his calling an Indian-American Democratic campaign worker “macaca.” According to Wonkette’s Jack Stuef, Allen
Now that George Allen has ’fessed up to the truth of his origins, shedding the aspersion and joining the Dispersion, the voting public is entitled to a full accounting of the affair. Here are 10 questions that we believe the senator needs to answer.
There’s not much left to say about Virginia Senator George Allen and the strange twists in his reelection campaign. Already smarting from his use of an ethnic slur against a Democratic campaign aide, Allen was flummoxed this week when a journalist asked him about a recent Forward report that his mother was of Jewish origin. The reporter’s question seemed relevant in part because, as she noted, the senator had previously denied his mother was anything but Christian. The point, she said, was honesty. Allen’s response was to fly into a rage and accuse the reporter of casting “aspersions.” A media frenzy ensued, escalating the next day when Allen admitted that his mother was indeed of Jewish origin, and that he had known about it since the Forward article appeared in August.
Senator George Allen’s mother, Henrietta “Etty” Allen, told the Washington Post Wednesday that until late August she concealed her Jewish upbringing from to prevent him from growing up in fear.
Just in time for Rosh Hashanah, a bitter campaign controversy in Virginia has culminated with Senator George Allen acknowledging that his mother hailed from a Jewish family.
Senator George Allen has confirmed his mother’s Jewish lineage, a day after refusing to answer a question on the topic during a debate.
When Senator George Allen of Virginia used a racial slur for dark-skinned North Africans, “macaca,” during a recent encounter with a young Indian American cameraman from his opponent’s campaign, many wondered where he had learned the word.