Malek apologizes for his role in compiling a list of Jews for Nixon
Businessman and major GOP donor Fred Malek told reporters Friday afternoon that his decision to compile a list of Jews for former president Richard M. Nixon was the biggest mistake he has made in his life.
"I've apologized so many times...over the past 40 years for that unfortunate decision of mine to follow the direction of the president,'' Malek said. "Over my five decades of career, I've made mistakes. That was the biggest one I have ever made in life. I think I've apologized and atoned for it. I've learned from it and it's time to move on."
Malek was in Richmond Friday for the first meeting of Gov. Bob McDonnell's government reform commission, which met at the state Capitol. The governor named Malek chairman last month, igniting a firestorm among Democrats, several of whom have have called on McDonnell to remove Malek from the commission for his role in the Nixon administration and, more recently, a $100,000 civil fine he paid related to his firm's work with Connecticut's pension fund.
"We did fail to disclose,'' Malek said of the fine. "We paid a fine. It was a some time ago. We did make a mistake on disclosure and we learned from that at our firm."
Malek told reporters that he never considered stepping down from the commission.
"Look we have a crisis in the state budget.'' he said. "This is the time we have to focus on reforming government and making it simpler, more efficient and more cost effective and more consumer friendly."
Malek also chairs the American Action Network, a group that campaigns against Democratic members of Congress. In response to a question, he said he would continue to raise money and support candidates.
"I think it's my right to continue to contribute to the candidates I believe in and support,'' he said. "It is a bipartisan commission. I am grateful for that. I expect the Democrats on this commission will support the candidates of their choice as will the Republicans."
June 4, 2010; 4:18 PM ET
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