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Former Alaska lawmaker responds to ‘bird-nose’ comment in Palin emails

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The 24,000 pages of emails from Sarah Palin’s first year and a half as governor released Friday did not yield any major bombshells, but a former Alaskan lawmaker hit back at Palin’s use of the term "bird-nose" to describe him in correspondence with her staff:

 
From: Palin, Sarah (GOV sponsored)

To: Frye, Ivy J (DOA)

Sent: Sun Oct 21 14:36:58 2007

Subject: Re: Ramras

Oh yeah- and I jsu read your letter online @ Frontiersman!!!! I’m cheering. Todd’s cheering.

I’ll be in Juneau tonight. But not to hold Jay Bird-Nose Ramras’ hand. What a doof.

 

Former Alaska Rep. Jay Ramras, who is Jewish, said there was a "meanness and a vindictiveness" in the way Palin used his physical appearance to describe him.

"She governs like one of the mean girls of the seventh grade," Ramras, a Republican, told JTA.

He said Palin became "more and more of an enigma to people living in Alaska when we watched her govern."

"I’m glad she’s wearing a Star of David that she got in Israel," Ramras said. "I hope she continues to grow as a person."

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