I mentioned earlier this evening that former President Jimmy Carter has suddenly repented of his past antipathy towards Israel and apologized for it. Ever the cynic, I was certain there had to be more to the affair than an abrupt attack of conscience.
And so there was: it seems that Jason Carter, the former president’s grandson, is running for statewide office in Georgia. Heroyalwhyness, always alert to the latest political news, pointed out in the comments the following article from JTA:
Carter: Grandson’s race not reason enough to apologize
Jimmy Carter is asking the Jewish community for forgiveness — and insists it’s not simply because his grandson has decided to launch a political career with a run for the Georgia state Senate.
Jason Carter, 34, an Atlanta-area lawyer, is considering a run to fill a seat covering suburban DeKalb County should the incumbent, David Adelman, win confirmation as President Obama’s designated ambassador to Singapore.
The seat, which is university heavy — Emory, among others, is situated there — also has a substantial Jewish community.
Aha! So Jason has encountered a little family-related Jewish problem, and Jimmuh from the Ummah is lending him a helping hand. Now it makes sense.
Needless to say, Jimmuh poo-poos any connection between his new-found contrition and his grandson’s need for the “Zionist” vote:
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But in an interview with JTA, Carter insisted that ethnic electoral considerations were not reason enough to reach out to the Jewish community, although he did not outright deny that it was a factor.
“Jason has a district, the number of Jewish voters in it is only 2 percent,” he said, chuckling.
Notice that although Grandpa disclaims any linkage between his behavior and Jason’s future political career, he just happens to know the exact percentage of Jewish voters that Carter the Younger will have to court.
And Jason is singing from the same hymnal as Paw-Paw:
In a statement issued through his campaign manager, the younger Carter said the statement was not connected to his campaign.
“While I was very happy to see my grandfather’s letter, it was completely unrelated to my campaign. The letter is a product of discussions with some of his friends in the Jewish community that have been going on for a long time. I, like many others, see this as a great step towards reconciliation,” Jason Carter said in the statement. “As for my campaign, I intend to reach out to all people in District 42 and work hard to earn their trust and their votes. Ultimately, this campaign will focus on the people of this district and the issues that a good advocate in the Georgia State Senate can affect, including fixing a broken transportation system, getting the economy moving again, and providing a first-class education to our kids.”
It’s nice to find out that the apple don’t fall far from the tree, even unto the third generation.