Sending A Racist E-mail To An Olympic Legend Was Not A Smart Move By This Politician’s Wife
Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis wants to become a New Jersey state senator, but so far he's having an rough go of it. Just two weeks after he announced his intention to run, he was ruled ineligible because he didn't meet the state residency requirement (he grew up in New Jersey and has owned a home there for several years, but also owns a home in California and filed taxes there as well). Lewis didn't give up there, though, and he's still campaigning...and thanks to the phenomenally stupid actions of a current (well, now former) New Jersey politician's wife, Lewis should at least have a new victory in the court of public opinion.
Pat Delany recently stepped down from the New Jersey state Assembly because of a "family issue." That family issue, it turned out, was that his wife sent Lewis' campaign an e-mail that included the following gem:
"Imagine having dark skin and name recognition and the nerve to think that equaled knowing something about politics."
As it turned out, of course, the "nerve" to send that e-mail was the real problem. Pat Delany was left scrambling to assure everyone that his wife's e-mail "does not reflect my personal beliefs whatsoever" (that had to be weird for Delany, essentially saying, "I'm not racist, that's just my wife"). Lewis' camp, meanwhile, is denying that they leaked the e-mail to the media, and that Lewis has no plans to make a campaign issue out of it. Well, whether or not he brings it up, it's safe to say the e-mail is an issue now. Imagine having one of the greatest careers in sports history...and now your "dark skin" is the biggest story about you.
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