Friday, July 30, 2010

McMahon fires aide who published list of adversary's Jewish donors

Congressman Mike McMahon, a Democrat who represents Staten Island and Bay Ridge, has fired an aide who published a list of his adversary's Jewish donors. The aide, Jennifer Nelson, sent the list, headlined "Grimm Jewish Money Q2", to the New York Observer. She said that the list of Jewish donors to Republican Mike Grimm was intended to show that he was getting donations from outside the district.

"Where is Grimm's money coming from," Jennifer Nelson, McMahon's campaign communications director told the paper. "There is a lot of Jewish money, a lot of money from people in Florida and Manhattan, retirees."

The campaign provided "a list of over 80 names, a half-dozen of which in fact do hail from Staten Island, and a handful of others that list Brooklyn as home" on the "Grimm Jewish Money Q2" list provided to the Observer. Nelson "stressed" to the paper "that the point of compiling the list was not to show that Grimm had a lot of Jewish support, but that he had little support in the district."

McMahon has issued an apology, but so far has refused comment on who knew of the list before it was published. He has so far not fired a senior staffer who put together the list.


I also asked Team McMahon if anyone other than Nelson and Solomon knew about this research project/story pitch, but have gotten no reply.

Nelson was the communications director, but she was not the brain trust of the campaign, and something tells me the calls for heads to roll may not end here.

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