Santorum Campaign Disavows Controversial Hanukkah Card

rick santorum hanukkah Santorum Campaign Disavows Controversial Hanukkah Card

The controversial Hanukkah card from "S.C. Team Santorum." (Photo: Facebook)

WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum’s campaign manager, Michael Biundo, responded to the growing controversy over a Hanukkah card signed by “S.C. Team Santorum” inscribed with a New Testament bible verse that implies non-Christians will “walk in darkness.”

“It certainly wasn’t an authorized graphic that they sent out. I’m not even sure who did it, you know, the South Carolina office is not even–you know, not together at this point,” Mr. Biundo told The Politicker at the Conservative Political Action Conference today.

Mr. Santorum’s Hanukkah hassle started Wednesday after this reporter found an image of the controversial card online and Tweeted a picture of it. The card featured a verse from the Gospel of John where Jesus says, “He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Several media outlets subsequently picked up on the story and attributed the card directly to Mr. Santorum.

“Rick didn’t say it and I’m not sure who did say it,” Mr. Biundo said “I’m not even sure it actually did come from the campaign, to be honest with you.”

The card was posted on Facebook last December 21 by a man named Joe St. John, who ran Mr. Santorum’s campaign office in Rock Hill, South Carolina and has been described by news outlets as both a Santorum “campaign staffer” and “a district field representative with Santorum’s campaign.” Mr. Biundo said there were “four or five people” working on Mr. Santorum’s South Carolina team in December.