[UPDATE] Young has an op-ed on the issue in today’s AJC.
“Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor reached out to the Jewish community Monday, expressing regret over the inflammatory comments his campaign co-chairman — former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young — made recently about Jews, Koreans and Arabs,” the AJC reported today.
“Mark Taylor called me today and was sorry,” Sherry Frank, executive director for the Atlanta chapter of the American Jewish Committee, said Monday. “Mark was expressing his concern for anything that was hurtful to the Jewish community.”I appreciated his comments. And we also both agreed that Andy Young has a very admirable history of building bridges and this was unfortunate and that he has apologized and we are moving on.”
Taylor’s campaign confirmed Friday that it plans to retain the civil rights icon and former United Nations ambassador as an honorary co-chairman despite the comments Young made.
A Taylor spokesman said the Big Guy found the comments “regrettable,” but noted that “Ambassador Young has apologized and taken responsibility for what he said.” The staffer continued, by saying that Taylor “hopes that this unfortunate incident will not diminish the ambassador’s more than 50-year record of fighting for fairness and equality for every citizen, both in America and abroad.”
Call me crazy, but I think it will — although not as much as if he was a Republican (Trent Lott, anybody?).
Derrick Dickey, a Perdue spokesman, said that Young “would have been asked to leave” had he made the comments in question as apart of the governor’s campaign.
“Obviously, we don’t agree with Andrew Young’s disgraceful comments,” [he] said. “But it’s not our place to tell Mark Taylor how to run his campaign.”