Calif. GOP, State Senator Blast 'Tea Party' Poster

April 22, 2009 - 5:34 PM
The California Republican Party and a Democratic state senator are denouncing as anti-Semitic an online poster that promoted last week's nationwide "tea parties."
Sacramento, Calif. (AP) - The California Republican Party and a Democratic state senator are denouncing as anti-Semitic an online poster that promoted last week's nationwide "tea parties."
 
The image, posted on a Ron Paul supporter's site, depicted a bucket of money pouring through a funnel with a Star of David. The money transformed into a pool of blood in which a figure holding a Palestinian flag was drowning.
 
"Uncle Sam Reminds You: Keep Paying Taxes," the poster read in promoting an April 15 rally in San Mateo. "The ongoing extermination of Palestinian Children Can't be Done Without Your Help."
 
State GOP Chairman Ron Nehring condemned the imagery, which he said detracted from an important protest over government spending and taxes. He blamed the poster on "fringe" elements who were using the taxpayer movement to promote anti-Semitism.
 
State Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat whose district includes San Mateo, criticized the image as an "obscene use of race-baiting."
 
"This incendiary act must not go unchallenged," he said in a statement.
 
The poster was on the "Bay Area Ron Paul Campaign for Liberty" Web site but can no longer be viewed publicly. The site organizer, Kathy McGrade, told The Associated Press in an e-mail Wednesday that no offense was intended but that the image "represents a point made by many people before: U.S. financial aid for the Israeli government which comes from U.S. taxpayers, funds the harsh handling, and sadly, the death of innocent Palestinians."
 
She said her site was not officially affiliated with Paul, a former Republican presidential candidate from Texas. Messages left for Rachel Mills, Paul's congressional spokeswoman, and his campaign were not immediately returned.