Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record) personally called an opponent’s aide and apologized for singling the man out almost two weeks ago with an obscure comment that has cast a shadow over the senator’s White House ambitions, his campaign said.
S.R. Sidarth, a Democratic volunteer of Indian descent, was videotaping an Allen campaign event when the senator pointed to him and twice called him “Macaca.” Macaca is a genus of monkeys that includes macaques, and is also considered a racial slur in some parts of the world.
“This fellow over here with the yellow shirt â€” Macaca or whatever his name is â€” he’s with my opponent,” Allen said.
He noted that his opponent, Democrat Jim Webb, was raising money in California, then told the crowd of about 100 supporters: “Let’s give a welcome to Macaca here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia.”
Sidarth, who was born just outside Washington in Fairfax County, Va., said he felt Allen was singling him out by race.
Earth to George Allen: You already apologized – let it go.
Now, you are going to stock the kid?
Allen on Wednesday tracked down a phone number for Sidarth at the University of Virginia, where the 20-year-old had returned for his senior year, and apologized to him, said campaign manager Dick Wadhams.
“Senator Allen made a heartfelt apology,” Wadhams said. “He told Sidarth he thought he would see him on the campaign trail, but Sidarth had headed back to U.Va., so we Googled his name, found his number and the senator called him this morning.”
Will Senator George Allen recover from this FLAP?
For the Senate: Maybe
For the Presidency: Forget about it.
Allah has more on “Macccagate.”
XRLQ says Allen should hire him to nuclear fisk James Webb and other Allen opponents.