Gibson reveals early I’m-no-Jew Allen denial
As Americans have been learning over the past week, unlike some public figures such as Madeleine Albright, who revel in revelations about their ancestry, Allen initially took a stance conveying unease with discussion of his family's Jewish heritage, including his now-famous September 18 bristling at a television reporter who had the temerity to raise the issue.
After Gibson alluded to Allen's Jewish roots in a warm-and-fuzzy October 2003 column, the Senator's then-press secretary demanded and won this correction in the Progress: "Etty Allen, the mother of Sen. George Allen, was raised a Christian, according to the senator's staff. Her religious background was mischaracterized in a Sunday column."
Does Allen have his own special timetable for releasing information or misinformation? The Washington Post revealed recently that Allen's mom kept her secret until late August of this year. (Gibson also points out today that Allen had once asked the Progress to avoid using Allen's middle initial "F," which stands for Felix, in its reports. Felix was the first name of Allen's Jewish grandfather.)