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Lake Havasu City Councilman Says He's "Just a Little Jewish" When it Comes to City Manager's Contract

At a meeting to discuss whether or not to fire Lake Havasu City Manager Richard Kaffenberger, a member of the City Council had an interesting excuse for how he handles city finances.

He's "just a little Jewish."

At least that's what Councilman Lee Barnes told the city council members in a special meeting last night.

"Excuse my action, but I'm just a little Jewish to be able to do this," was the exact phrase, which caused an uproar in the meeting room, according to a story on the Jewish Web site VIN.

A call to the number listed for Barnes wasn't answered today, but in a measly attempt at damage control, he had this to say to VIN.

"What I meant there is Jewish people are pretty good with their money," he said. "I think a lot of Jewish families teach generation after generation very well on how to handle their money."

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Right. We suppose black people have been teaching their families to love fried chicken on a generation by generation basis, too, huh.

Mayor Mark Nexsen referred to Barnes' statement as "inappropriate" and says he plans to  have a little talk with Barnes and perhaps explain to him the stereotypical connotation of what he said.

"It wasn't meant to be inappropriate, and I meant that we should handle our money very carefully," he said. "I hope this doesn't turn into a big deal, and I apologize to those people who found it offensive."

He hopes it doesn't turn into a big deal, huh? Barnes must never have had an authentic Jewish grandmother get a little mashugana on his ass -- it became a big deal the second it flew out of his mouth.

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