The latest Republican to come down with foot-in-mouth-disease is apparently Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele.
Steele, an African-American Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate, recently compared stem cell research to the atrocities of the Holocaust.
While meeting with Jewish leaders in Baltimore ths week, Steele told them: "You of all folks know what happens when people decide they want to experiment on human beings, when they want to take your life and use it as a tool. I know that as well in my community, out of our experience with slavery, and so I'm very cautious when people say this is the best new thing, this is going to save lives."
He was speaking to approximately 40 people at a Baltimore Jewish Council board meeting.
In response to Steele's comments, Art Abramson (Executive Director of the Baltimore Jewish Council) said: "If the lieutenant governor was drawing a comparison between stem cell research and human medical experimentation during the Holocaust, he must understand the pain this kind of analogy would inflict on survivors and their families. We absolutely reject any comparisons between ethical and lifesaving medical research, and the horrors committed by the Nazis in their evil drive to create a master race. We welcome any clarification Lt. Gov. Steele can offer about his remarks."