October 20th, 2009
10:44 AM ET
12 years ago

DeMint denounces op-ed with Jewish stereotype

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/19/art.deming0819.cnn.jpg caption="South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, a Republican, spoke out against the controversial op-ed on Tuesday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint is denouncing remarks by two Republican officials in his state that were published in a controversial weekend op-ed which included a Jewish stereotype.

The piece, written by South Carolina County GOP chairmen James Ulmer and Edwin Merwin, was intended to defend DeMint's position against congressional earmarks, but it included a line describing Jews as penny-pinchers. Democrats have called on DeMint to denounce the comments.

"I just read the op-ed last night and the comments were thoughtless and hurtful," DeMint said in a statement to CNN Tuesday. "The chairmen have apologized as they should have."

The op-ed was published Sunday in the Orangeburg Times & Democrat.

"There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves," the piece read. "By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation's pennies and trying to preserve our country's wealth and our economy's viability to give all an opportunity to succeed."

Filed under: Jim DeMint • South Carolina
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Yeah, that is good he apologized though. It is anti-semitic for him critizing Jews or let alone judging them for that matter but they are smart though...well, just exclude the times when Jesus was around.

    But overall, you don't have to go that far to prejudice jews for that matter but I have a question. Why does it seem like every party, Dems and GOP, are playing this game like if its a joke? If it's not the GOP, then the Dems. They seem to be twisting and turning words upside down or vice versa.

    Is O.K if they call out policy or bills in the Senate or House but to call out race or ethnic groups, is no place in this country to make those kind of stupid remarks.

    October 20, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. lolz

    GOP bigots. Not suprised and not at all suprised with the speed of the apologies for the offensive sterotype. It's too bad they don't respond as quickly when offending African Americans, Women, Lations, Gays etc.

    October 20, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Leanderjim

    being jewish, and not a "penny-pincher", I find that stereotype totally reprehensible...........All, i've ever wanted in life is just to be viewed as an American, period.............not jewish, or any of the stereotypes that go along with it...........

    October 20, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Melissa

    Its the south. Its not exactly surprising that the south is prejudiced. Its a disgusting behavior that needs to stop, and the Christian right needs to get over themselves.

    October 20, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    hmmmm...pennies? sortof reminds me of a certain Kids in the Hall sketch...

    October 20, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Pam

    Well, once again, I'm embarassed by the politicians in my state. We have a wealth of ignorant politicians here. Take them away please!

    October 20, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |

    Why should this suprise anyone?? Dimwit is a Dimwit says a lot about the people of SC

    October 20, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Bill Lewis in Austin

    Why does it always seem that a Republican politician will make some racist or bigoted comment and then try to back track and say they are as pure as the fresh driven snow? If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck.......

    There are just too many of these statements made my members of the GOP. What is the ordinary citizen to think? Refer to the duck above.

    October 20, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. independent

    Is anyone surprised by this? This is the GOP, and it is, again, a South Carolina public official.

    It is surprising that the GOP credits the Jewish people for hardwork and good stewardship, as opposed to condemning them for controlling and manipulating the world banking system.

    Perhaps that is what he meant to say but couldn't figure out a way to fit it in the OP-Ed he was writing.

    October 20, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
1 2 3