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Monday, October 18, 2010

Mich. GOP should pull TV ads featuring woman who made anti-Semitic statements

Mich. GOP should pull TV ads featuring woman who made anti-Semitic statements  


LANSINGBill Schuette and the Michigan Republican Party should repudiate anti-Semitic statements made by the star of an ad attacking Democratic attorney general candidate David Leyton, the Leyton campaign said today.


The Michigan Republican Party is broadcasting a television ad featuring Deb McIntosh that attacks Leyton, who is Jewish. McIntosh posted the following statement Saturday on a message board at


“[H]ow dare the FLINT URINAL not show me the respect to get my side of the story, instead of ONE SIDE,,,oh A JEWISH OWNED PAPER,,,,and lEYTON IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE JEWISH FEDERATION,,,,FLINT JOURNAL you should be ashamed of youself,,,I will never ever give you the time of day again ever......stay away from me, your as bad as the liars when you do not print both sides.”


The Leyton campaign is demanding Schuette and the MRP repudiate McIntosh’s anti-Semitic statements, immediately pull the television advertisement and cease using her as a campaign spokeswoman.


“Anti-Semitism, racism and hatred of any ethnic group has no place in political campaigns,” Leyton spokesman Todd Cook said. “We demand that Bill Schuette and the Michigan Republican Party join us in condemning Ms. McIntosh’s statements and immediately stop using her in political advertisements.”


Go to to read McIntosh’s comments, which she posts under the moniker “ADAMSMOM.”



Anonymous Josh said...

I've checked the MLIVE comments from ADAMSMOM and I really don't believe her comments were racist.

I believe that in her mind, she's trying to make a link - a connection - between the paper's ownership and Mr. Leyton. She's trying to say that they share a common interest, that they're part of the Jewish community. She's not attacking Jews, the Jewish faith, or what they believe. To believe that those specific comments of Mrs. McIntosh are racist is political correctness at its worst, and is an insult to our intelligence.

I will say, however, that Mrs. McIntosh is a terrible speller, and seems to spew out thoughts. No wonder she was misunderstood. But
I just absolutely hate it when people scream 'racism' when there is none. Leyton's team needs to take a different angle.

October 18, 2010 at 3:40 PM 

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