Getting Weirder than “Nixon’s Play”

Allen’s mother says she concealed her Jewish heritage from Georgie up until late August. FromWaPo

She said Allen asked her directly about his Jewish heritage when he was in Los Angeles for a fundraiser. “We sat across the table and he said, ‘Mom, there’s a rumor that Pop-pop and Mom-mom were Jewish and so were you,’ ” she recalled, a day after Allen issued a statement acknowledging and embracing his Jewish roots as he campaigns for a second term in the U.S. Senate.

At the table in Palos Verdes, Calif., Allen’s mother, who is 83, said she told her son the truth: That she had been raised as a Jew in Tunisia before moving to the United States. She said that she and the senator’s father, famed former Redskins coach George Allen, had wanted to protect their children from living with the fear that she had experienced during World War II. Her father, Felix Lumbroso, was imprisoned by the Nazis during the German occupation of Tunis.

“What they put my father through. I always was fearful,” Etty Allen said in a telephone interview. “I didn’t want my children to have to go through that fear all the time. When I told Georgie, I said, ‘Now you don’t love me anymore.’ He said, ‘Mom, I respect you more than ever.’ “

And why didn’t Allen just answer the question in the debate…

In fact, Allen had just recently learned about their Jewish roots when he made those comments. Allen declined to comment, but his mother said she had sworn him to secrecy.

“I said, well, I just didn’t want anyone to know,” she explained. “I had said, ‘Please don’t tell your brothers and sister and your wife.’ The fact this is such an issue justifies my actions, and my behavior.”

All this intrigue reminds me ofNixon’s Play a failed reverse rumored to have been called into Redskins Coach George Allen by Richard Nixon. Allen’s sister explains…

Since that day, I have often wondered why neither my father nor Nixon ever denied or upheld the truth behind “Nixon’s Play.” Did Nixon really call in the play? And if he did, would my father, known as a do-it-my-way coach, really listen to the advice of an outsider? Maybe neither wanted to take credit for something that failed. Maybe both wanted to protect the other from taking the blame. Or maybe Nixon and my father were simply, like so many others, enamored with the evolution of the story itself.

Ahh and now we’ll never know.

Somehow that’s the feeling I get with all things Allen Family