Following Icarus’ updates of some news that broke over the last week, the comedy that is Jimmy Carter provided even more material just before Christmas with the release of a letter in which he apologized for actions he acknowledged have stigmatized Israel. But, he wants everyone to know, this “out of the blue” apology has absolutely nothing to do with the possible campaign of his grandson, Jason Carter, for the State Senate seat which may soon be vacated by David Adelman. Nothing at all. A complete coincidence. No relation at all. None.
But it sure is curious when he has had no problem repeatedly defending his views on Israel to have such an abrupt about face.
Further, two years ago fourteen members of the board of the Carter Center in Atlanta resigned in protest over Carter’s writings. One of them was Liane Levetan, a former Georgia state senator and CEO of DeKalb County. Well, guess who Jason Carter immediately tried to contact after the release of his grandfather’s letter?
It seemed clear, however, that Jason Carter saw the apology, issued earlier this month through JTA, as a means of outreach. The younger Carter has been trying for days to reach Liane Levetan, a former state senator and CEO of DeKalb County, and as soon as they connected Tuesday, he directed her to the JTA Web site to read the letter.
But, of course, that’s a complete coincidence. Because there is no relation to the timing of Jimmy Carter’s letter being released within days of Jason Carter’s announcement concerning Adelman’s seat, we are told.
Jason Carter’s campaign shouldn’t be marred because he has a bigot for a grandfather. But the poor handling of this has served to merely draw more attention to his matter than he would perhaps like.