Specter Polish Jokes At Luncheon Deemed "Tasteless"

At a Pennsylvania Society luncheon Friday, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter told some jokes about Polish tickets deemed "tasteless" by a local paper. He asked first if there were any Polish people in the audience. When about ten people raised their hands, he went on:

Specter deemed the number insignificant and forged ahead with some supposedly funny Polish jokes, including the old one about the man who interrupted him once, saying, "Hey, careful. I'm Polish!" Specter said he responded, "That's OK - I'll tell it more slowly." Specter also told two other tasteless jokes in the same Polish vein. "No one walked out, but it was offensive," said our source. "I was offended, and I'm not Polish."