NJDC: On Second Thought, Gutman’s Comments Were Unfortunate

The National Jewish Democratic Committee “no commented” me when I asked for its take on the Howard Gutman controversy yesterday afternoon, but the group has finally taken a stance on the issue. The NJDC’s spokesperson points me to this statement director David Harris gave to WJW’s Adam Kredo last night:

In an interview this evening, David Harris, the NJDC’s top official, told me that “Ambassador Gutman’s comments were wrong and unfortunate, and the White House was right to issue their immediate, tough statement on Saturday.”

The NJDC’s statement is actually stronger than the statements issued by the Obama administration so far. Both the White House and State Department reiterated that they condemned anti-Semitism “in all forms,” but neither would say whether they agreed with Gutman’s claim that some anti-Semitism is caused by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When pressed on this by a reporter yesterday, the State Department spokesperson still wouldn’t give a straight answer.

It sounds like at least the NJDC agrees that Gutman’s comments were problematic — but apparently not enough so to warrant a resignation.