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Fiorina fails matzah challenge

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 2, 2010 | 12:09 pm

They’re calling it Carly Fiorina’s Passover faux pas, which is a lot better than Passovergate:

The candidate for the GOP nomination in California sent out a Passover message early Tuesday to supporters, trying to show Jewish voters she cares. “Passover is a time of remembrance and thanks,” the message started. After a few sentences, it got to this one: “This week, as we break bread and spend time with our families and friends, I hope we also take a moment to say a word of thanks for our freedom and for those who have given their lives in freedom’s name.”

Except, obviously, during Passover you don’t break bread. You burn chometz; you break matzo, which, being dry and flavorless, breaks pretty easily.

So Fiorina’s campaign tried to undo the damage. “We meant all bread, leavened and unleavened, and matzoh is just unleavened bread so that’s what we meant by that,” a spokeswoman told the Sacramento Bee.

Maybe.

Fiorina’s flub is no Tommy Thompson line about Jews loving money. But it’s certainly a misstep, a la when the Bush White House sent out Chanukah cards with a Christmas tree on the front.

Would have been funnier, though, had the comment been made by Fiorina’s opponent, Sen. Barbara Boxer. She’s Jewish.

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