News outlets like JTA, The Daily Beast and Huffington Post  have all picked up on a letter that two South Carolina chairman – Edwin Merwin and James Ulmer – recently published in a local South Carolina paper in which they claim to be “defending” Senator Jim DeMint.  In response to allegations that DeMint has not brought enough money into his state, his two fellow Republicans write, “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…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.”
And they really thought they were defending him?! Maybe they didn’t mean this a veiled insult of Judaism, but do these two GOPers really have such a warped and narrow view of the Jewish faith that they think they are actaully  complimenting DeMint and his religious background by writing that?  After condemnation from the Republican Jewish Coaltion and others, Merwin and Ulmer have issued apologies for the remarks.

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