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Ky. lawmakers issue apology for anti-Semitic remark during committee meeting

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Kentucky lawmakers who used an anti-Semitic phrase during a committee meeting Wednesday have apologized and met with a Jewish community leader about the incident. WUKY's Josh James reports.

The remark, spoken openly during a Capital Projects and Bond Oversight committee meeting, referred to bargaining for a lower price on a lease. Its use prompted condemnation from Jewish leaders, including Rabbi Schlomo Litvin -- who later spoke personally with the legislators involved, Sen. Rick Girdler and Rep. Walker Thomas, and described the conversation to WKYT.

But a spokesperson for the American Jewish Committee said, while "belated apologies are welcome," the lawmakers helped to spread a "classic anti-Semitic trope."

The incident comes less than a year after the General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism following a number of alarming acts against the Jewish community in the state.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.