January 27, 2006

WE LEGACIES ALWAYS THINK WE MADE IT ON MERIT (via Brian McKim):

Scranton aide fired for remark (Amy Worden, 1/26/06, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Bill Scranton's campaign manager, James Seif, said he knew he was in trouble as
soon as the words came tumbling off his tongue.

In a live call-in show on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, Seif told viewers that Scranton's main
opponent for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, Lynn Swann, who is African American, was the
"rich white guy in the campaign."

By the end of the show, callers were demanding an apology from Seif, and within an hour Scranton had
fired him. His dismissal came at a time when Scranton has been trying to slow Swann's increasing
momentum toward capturing the party's endorsement on Feb. 11.

"There's no excuse. It was a stupid thing to say," said Seif, who added that the comment was not
intended as a racial slur.

Seif, 60, said he was trying to say that Swann, who portrays himself as a political outsider, was really
part of the establishment.


Questioning the racial authenticity of black conservatives is a meme of the Left.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2006 8:47 AM
Comments

Folks living in the Rust Belt of Pennsylvania tend to let political correctness get the best of themselves. A mere joke has become something deadly serious.

That's like suicide on the installment plan.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at January 27, 2006 9:27 AM

Well, at least he admitted it was a stupid thing to say, instead of the usual phoney-baloney "If some have taken offense then I apologize for that" half-hearted apology we usually get.

Posted by: Bryan at January 27, 2006 9:34 AM

Slur?

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 27, 2006 9:53 AM

....he was trying to say that Swann, who portrays himself as a political outsider, was really
part of the establishment.

Now I'm really confused. How could he be part of our [evil rightwing] establishment? We hate black folks, right?

Oh, I get it. THAT'S why he's Rich and White.

Posted by: John Resnick at January 27, 2006 10:59 AM

Do politicians in PA come from other families?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 27, 2006 11:27 AM

So Swann is really The Other White Meat?

Posted by: Chris B at January 27, 2006 11:45 AM

"what i meant to say, is that lynn doesn't doesn't know his place"

Posted by: toe at January 27, 2006 11:48 AM

The Seif interview would forever after be known in Pennsylvania political history as "the Inaccurate Perception."

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 27, 2006 12:14 PM

Isn't it amazing how many second/third generation political families there are in the US. Casey and Scranton in PA, Bush of course, Gore, Bayh, Muskowki, Sununu etc. Nearly every state has a dynasty or two.

Posted by: Bob at January 27, 2006 4:39 PM

Bob:

Both senators in NH are sons of governors.

Posted by: oj at January 27, 2006 4:49 PM

Judd Gregg was the governor himself as well as being the son of a governor.

Posted by: dick at January 27, 2006 5:09 PM

mike m:

Few can make me guffaw, but you have succeeded where others have failed!

Posted by: obc at January 27, 2006 8:45 PM
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