Thompson Blasted for Alleged Anti-Semitic Remark

By Teddy Davis

Apr 18, 2007 10:52am

ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports: After saying that "earning money" is part of the "Jewish tradition," the editorial board of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opines Wednesday that former Gov. Tommy Thompson’s, R-Wis., "inexplicable" comment should "spell an end" to his long-shot bid for the White House.

While speaking recently to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C., Thompson said, "I’m in the private sector, and for the first time in my life I’m earning money. You know, that’s sort of part of the Jewish tradition, and I do not find anything wrong with that."

When asked about it Tuesday by a group of Politico reporters and editors, the former Wisconsin governor and Health and Human Services Secretary said fatigue and a persistent cold were to blame for his comments. According to The Politico’s Jonathan Martin, he also grew testy and demanded of the reporter who queried him: "Have you ever made a mistake?"

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