Former Va. Governor to Discuss Jewish Heritage

August 19, 2010

Former Sen. George Allen will publicly discuss his mother's Jewish heritage before a Jewish group this week for the first time.

Readying for an expected rematch against Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, Allen is scheduled to discuss his mother's and grandfather's lineage Thursday at the National Jewish Retreat in Reston.

In his failed 2006 reelection bid, Allen bristled during a debate with Webb when asked about reports that his mother, Etty, is Jewish.

It was among several blunders leading to Allen's upset. He called a Webb aide of Indian descent "Macaca," a slur in some cultures.

Allen's Jewish grandfather was a resistance fighter in French Tunisia whom the Nazis imprisoned during World War II.


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