Former Dem chair who said Christians want Jews ‘slaughtered’ draws foe in comeback bidby George Bennett | November 12th, 2012
Former Palm Beach County Democratic chairman Mark Alan Siegel, who was pressed to resign by Florida Democratic leaders in September after a videotaped rant against pro-Israel Christians, will attempt a return to party leadership next month.
Siegel plans to run for the county Democratic Party’s state committeeman position. The state committeeman, state committeewoman and party chair represent the county on state Democratic Party issues.
Democratic Executive Committee member Mike Rios said today that he will also run for state committeeman. Rios is head of the Puerto Rican/ USA Hispanic Democratic Club and lost a state House primary this year.
Rios said Siegel “has no business running for any kind of office after what he did at the convention.”
During the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Siegel, who is Jewish, told an interviewer from a conservative website that Christians who support Israel aren’t really friends of the Jewish state.
“The Christians just want us to be there so we can all be slaughtered and converted and bring on the second coming of Jesus Christ,” Siegel said. “They’re not our friends. They want Israel to pursue policies which are antithetical with its security and existence. The worst possible allies for the Jewish state are the fundamentalist Christians, who want Jews to die and convert so they can bring on the second coming of their Lord. It is a false friendship. They are seeking their own ends and not ours.”
The next day, Siegel apologized “to all Democrats and Floridians for my ill chosen words last night. After watching the interview I realize that what I said did not accurately make the point I was trying to establish. More importantly I apologize to all Christians, Jews and other people of faith for any embarrassment or anger my remarks may have caused.”