Monday, June 18, 2007

Nemecek: Forwarding Email "Honest Mistake," Still Backs Brownback

Nemecek: Forwarding Email "Honest Mistake," Still Backs Brownback

A Linn County supporter of presidential candidate Sam Brownback told Iowa Independent that she made an “honest mistake” in forwarding an e-mail that asked pointed questions about rival Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith to Republican leaders.

“I didn’t intend to smear anyone,” said Emma Nemecek of Mt. Vernon, who chairs the 2nd Congressional District committee for Brownback. “I don’t think people should choose based on how a person worships – I have six Mormon family members myself.”

The email included statements such as “Theologically, the only thing Christianity and the LDS church has in common is the name of Jesus Christ, and the LDS Jesus is not the same Jesus of the Christian faith.” Nemecek said it originated with an organization of conservative Asian Americans, and she simply forwarded it last month “with no opinion of my own or anything.”

“If people go after anyone, it should be the originator,” she said. “The (Brownback) campaign was not involved at all.”

The Brownback campaign has distanced itself from the email and offered an apology to the Romney campaign, which was accepted. The campaign also “reprimanded” Nemecek.

Nemecek, who lost an Iowa House race to Rep. Ro Foege (D-Mt. Vernon) last year, says she will continue to support Brownback whether or not she continues to play an official role in the campaign. “He stands for what I believe in – pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-gun, and he strongly opposes amnesty.” She also cited his personal style on the several occasions she’s met Brownback. “If a guy treats a waiter decently, that’s a sign of his character.”

Thanks to Iowa Independent colleage Lynda Waddington for assistance with this story.

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