Congresswoman Apologizes Referring to Political Rival as ‘Orthodox Jew’


March 24, 2015

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois apologized for referring to a one-time political rival as an “Orthodox Jew” in casting him as a threat to liberal interests.

“It was correctly noted that my description of my 2010 opponent in the congressional race irrelevantly noted that in addition to being a Tea Party Republican, he is an Orthodox Jew,” she said in a statement Tuesday, referring to her address Monday to J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group.

“I understand how this was heard, by extension, as an affront to the Orthodox community. I regret that and unequivocally apologize for it,” the Democrat’s statement said.

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