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Manu Koenig and Trail Now PAC Apologize for Anti-Semitic Cartoons Featuring John Leopold
by Linda Pierce, Santa Cruz News Group
Manu Koenig, candidate for Santa Cruz County Supervisor in District 1, has apologized to the Jewish community following the public outcry over the publication of a series of cartoon caricatures considered to be anti-Semitic of his opponent incumbent Supervisor John Leopold, who is Jewish. In an email interview conducted on October 16, Manu Koenig stated: "I was so horrified to realize that the cartoon we had used in our campaign ad about the rail corridor could be considered anti-Semitic. That was not our intention but I now understand how it could be perceived that way given the catalogue of the artists' work. We have removed the ad from all social media and television advertising and will not use work from this cartoonist again. I offer my sincere apology to the Jewish community." Brian Peoples, the Director of Trail Now, a PAC filed with the County of Santa Cruz in support of Koenig and opposing Leopold for Supervisor, issued an apology statement on October 13, which acknowledged that Trail Now created the the cartoons and was responsible for much of their political content.
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