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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 …

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