State Democrats Call for Malek Apology
State Democratic legislators are renewing their call for Fred Malek to apologize for his efforts to remove Jews from the Nixon administration. Craig Carper reports.
The Chairman of Governor Bob McDonnell’s Government Reform Commission, Fred Malek, has received some strong criticism from state and federal Democratic organizations over the past few weeks.
During his time working for the Nixon administration, Malek provided the President with a list of Jews working at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and made efforts to demote and transfer many of those same individuals.
While Malek has apologized for preparing the list, Democratic Delegate David Englin of Alexandria says he has never apologized for removing those Jewish officials from their jobs.
Englin: Reconciliation first requires truth. If he’s serious about apologizing and making amends, he first needs to admit publicly what he actually did and not continue to apologize for lesser crimes and deny the higher crimes that are made plain by the evidence.
Delegate Englin, as well as other Democrats, had previously called for Malek’s resignation, but now believe that is unlikely. Governor McDonnell has repeatedly expressed his strong support for Malek and has called his Democratic critics obstructionist to government reform.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square.