Defense of DeMint prompts demand for apology from GOP Jewish coalition

They were just trying to be helpful, trying to defend Jim DeMint against criticism from a local Democrat who had criticized the senator for opposing earmarks that would bring money to South Carolina.

So a pair of county GOP chairmen, Edwin Merwin of Bamberg and James Ulmer of Orangeburg, published this letter of support in Sunday’s editions of the Times and 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. 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.

The Republican Jewish Coalition today demanded an apology.

“Unbelievably, [Merwin and Ulmer] drew on an old and malignant stereotype of Jews as penny-pinchers in their attempt to praise DeMint’s efforts to look out for his constituents,” said RJC director Matthew Brooks in a prepared statement. “It is difficult to comprehend how men in positions of leadership in a state Republican Party could demonstrate such ignorance and insensitivity in the year 2009.”

South Carolina GOP chairman Karen Floyd denounced the comments, as did S.C. state Sen. Joel Lourie, a Democrat and one of two Jewish lawmakers in that state’s legislature.

And CNN is now reporting that Ulmer, one of the two authors of the offending piece, has indeed issued an apology:

Ulmer e-mailed his apology to reporters late Monday. He said he “quoted a statement which I have heard many times in my life, truly in admiration for a method of bettering one’s lot in life.”

“I meant absolutely nothing derogatory by the reference to a great and honorable people,” he said in the e-mail. “I hope that anyone and all who were offended by my comment will accept my humble apology.”

Even so, file this under “With Friends Like These.”

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11 comments Add your comment


October 20th, 2009
10:55 am

It is amazing: “he quoted a statement which [he] heard many times in [his] life.”

It just goes to show you how detached some people can be from the rest of the world. No Jewish-American would say that statement, nor would permit that statement to be uttered in his or her company. The idea that Mr. Ulmer understands that statement as common parlance means that he has never spent time with Jewish-Americans, or in a large cosmopolitan area that has a Jewish population.

And it is statements like this that show how disastrously disconnected the Southern GOP is from the rest of America. It only confirms my belief that Southern GOPers cannot effectively represent anything other than the most homogeneous of cultures. This is one of the reasons that the “America is the greatest nation in the world” is like an a priori statement. If you have no experience other than backwoods South Carolina, of course you would consider America to be the greatest country in the world, because you don’t even know what is outside of your county, much less your country.

At least SC GOP can rest easy knowing that Ulmer will never have a national career after that slip of the tongue.


October 20th, 2009
10:56 am

Sorry, but I don’t see what’s so offensive about this statement. To me, it speaks to fiscal discipline, not anything negative about Jews.

Stereotypes Are Fun

October 20th, 2009
11:21 am

OK. If there is nothing offensive about the comments from the SC GOP –how about the stereotypes about southerners as inbred, cousin-marrying, racists?

Or that the GOP is the party of narrow-minded white christian men who are losing control (everywhere except Dixie) and are angry about it?

If its OK to stereotype Jews, then its OK to stereotype southerners.


October 20th, 2009
11:35 am

DW, it reinforces a sterotype from the 16th century European anti-Semetic period. Just like southerns are “slow witted & lazy” from the post Civil War period in the US.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

October 20th, 2009
11:53 am

What’s the big surprise? Should we expect something other than racists and anti-Semites among those who openly affiliate with the sectarian faction of closet-queens and draft-dodgers of the Gay Old Pervert party? It was, after all, they who financed the rise of Hitler, killed Kennedy and King, and committed 9/11.

Tea 4 2

October 20th, 2009
1:04 pm

why issue an apology when you are telling the truth. Don’t they have enough power by controling our froeign policy.

Road Scholar

October 20th, 2009
2:00 pm

schultz is mighty smart

October 20th, 2009
5:10 pm

Road Scholar you said it all

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

October 20th, 2009
5:37 pm

Whatever power or influence some element of Netanyahu’s PNAC faction of false “Jews” has in our foreign policy is derived from their ability to blackmail our own false-elite which cheated a draft-dodging closet-queen into office to commit 9/11 WITH THEIR HELP. Never spent much time wondering about the deported Mossad agents set up and filming the WTC crashes BEFORE IT HAPPENED, and cheering about it?

Let’s wise up Americans. European newspapers printed the fact that JFK was assassinated by the CIA for six months after it happened…until the pressure was felt and they stopped running the story. Four of the first seven heads of the CIA were members of the Knights of Malta…like Hitler’s banker, Prescott Bush.

Who thinks smart Jews who survived the Roman European false-elite’s committing the Holocaust don’t “connect the dots” on the Vatican’s and CIA’s “Operation Ratline” and “Tailgunner Joe’s” “Red Scare” enforced to shut up academics and those with any moral sensibility from asking any questions about the finance of Nazism from the American Roman Catholic collection plate? Who knew the “Knights of Malta” is a “sovereign state” and issued 2,000 passports to sneak Hitler’s SS Officers past the War Crimes Trial to South America and into the CIA?

There was no “post-mortem” after WWII just as there wasn’t on Vietnam: another treason foisted off on us by the same treasonous faction.

“Mind your pennies and the dollars take care of themselves,” is an ancient saying, with never any connection to Jews.

Jews, who actually are truly Jews – believe in G-d, don’t vote Republican. “Republicans” are fascists, racists, and anti-Semites. Why do you think only 9% of Blacks vote “Republican?” Because only 9% of “Republicans” are Roman Catholic!

“They” know what “they” are doing.

If the rest of us wise up: the same Black, White, Jew and Gentile coalition that created America in 1776, we can and shall “cast the Beast into the Pit.”

Our Founder called “them” the real Anti-Christ, and he was and is a Prophet of G-d.

You think such great ideas for Our Creed, and all the blessings bestowed on Our Nation didn’t come from G-d and G-d’s inspiration?

Know thine enemy America: fascist plutocracy knows what it feeds on…the American People.

Let’s “get a rope.”

Jeffersonian Exegesis

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

October 20th, 2009
10:22 pm

South Carolina GOPers are the lowest form of primate life. There are lemurs and sloths smarter than your typical SC Republican.

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