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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor, on Wednesday disavowed a joke stereotyping Jews that a Northern Virginia GOP official told in warming up the crowd Tuesday at a Cuccinelli rally in Loudoun County.
Cuccinelli had not yet arrived when John Whitbeck, the 10th District Republican chairman, told the joke.
“Obviously, I think it was inappropriate,” Cuccinelli said Wednesday after an appearance in Richmond.
“It’s certainly unfortunate and something if I had heard it at the time, I would have spoken to right there. Certainly not an appropriate thing to carry into the public discussion we’re having.”
In a video posted on YouTube, Whitbeck tells the crowd in Sterling that the “head of the Jewish faith” presents the new pope with “a ceremonial piece of paper” that dates back hundreds of years.
The pope asks the Jewish leader about the ornate piece of paper and is told it is “the bill for the Last Supper.”
Whitbeck delivered one of the nominating speeches in May when Cuccinelli formally accepted the Republican Party’s nod at the state Republican convention in Richmond.
Cuccinelli, who is of Irish and Italian extraction, has referred to his heritage on the stump.
His campaign has jabbed at McAuliffe for “insulting” fellow Irish Americans by reportedly telling the Northern Virginia Technology Council that as an Irish Catholic he would get things done over drinks.
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