Assemblyman Gordon Johnson apologized today for donating $1,850 to controversial political activist Lyndon LaRouche in 2005 and 2006.
"Had I been aware of the LaRouche record of anti-Semitism I obviously would not have made my contributions," said Johnson, who will ask for a refund.
"I have spent my entire life opposing anti-Semitism, racism and all forms of hate; this regrettable episode only furthers my resolve to fight bigotry of all stripes. I sincerely and humbly apologize to those whom I have hurt
Johnson's running mate, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huddle, chided him on his judgement but defended his record.
“I am certainly disappointed in Assemblyman Gordon Johnson’s judgment. He made a very large mistake for which he has now sincerely apologized. Gordon’s life’s work speaks more clearly about his values than a few contributions," said Huttle.