John Whitbeck, currently the most famous district Republican committee chair in Virginia, defended a joke he told on Tuesday about the "head of the Jewish faith" presenting a bill to the Pope by saying that he "did not tell an anti-Semitic joke. I told a joke I heard from a priest at a church service. But back to Whitbeck's joke, because at this point, the story of the Virginia Governor's race is best told as a series of scandals on the parts of both candidates. Here, again, is the joke in question:. Whitbeck's defense, issued in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon , even drew some snark from the conservative-leaning publication: "The 'leader of the Jewish faith' could not be reached for comment because he or she does not exist," the publication explained.
VA Republican Says His Joke Wasn't Anti-Semitic Because He Heard it in Church
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Jon Chait joked yesterday, "The Virginia gubernatorial ticket has managed to offend blacks , gays , women , immigrants Somehow they have neglected the Jews. That neglect promptly ended an event yesterday for Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli R. As the Washington Post reported , the far-right state attorney general was "forced to distance himself from a local Republican official who spoke ahead of the candidate and told an anti-Semitic joke. People brought yellow lawn chairs with the motto "Don't tread on me," and at least one tricorner hat was visible in the crowd. John Whitbeck, 10th Congressional District Republican Committee chairman, raised eyebrows when he kicked off the festivities by telling a joke in which the head of the Jewish religion presented the pope with a long, elaborate document that the Jewish leader said was a bill for the last supper.
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Whitbeck, who did not return a request from JTA for comment, told the Free Beacon that the controversy was manufactured by Democrats and their allies. As The Times of Israel's environment reporter, I try to convey the facts and science behind climate change and environmental degradation, to explain - and critique - the official policies affecting our future, and to describe Israeli technologies that can form part of the solution. I am passionate about the natural world and disheartened by the dismal lack of awareness to environmental issues shown by most of the public and politicians in Israel. I'm proud to be doing my part to keep Times of Israel readers properly informed about this vital subject - which can and does effect policy change.
JTA — In , Sen. George Allen R-Va. Living in the Washington suburbs of northern Virginia, I was rattled — okay, maybe bemused — by this sequence.