(11/30/15)  Jim Brunner, Seattle Times political reporter

The Freedom Foundation podcast host said he was not mocking the “possibly even Muslim” surname of a Washington state Democratic Party spokesman.

A local conservative think tank has taken down a podcast in which the host and a Republican state lawmaker laughed at the Middle Eastern surname of a state Democratic Party spokesman.

The podcast host, Jeffrey Rhodes, with the Olympia-based Freedom Foundation, said in an email he’d chuckled at the Democratic spokesman’s name because it sounded Middle Eastern and “possibly even Muslim.”

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