Gilbert became the focus of embarrassing publicity when it was revealed that she had posted a photo to her Facebook account in 2006 wherein she and her friends are shown kissing money, she calls herself and her friends “Jewbags,” and one of the friends describes their group as the “Jew cash money team.” In response to the controversy, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, Brad Woodhouse, praised Gilbert for excelling in her work as a Jewish liaison. “Like many in the age of social media, she had things posted on her Facebook page that she now regrets and which she has apologized for,” Woodhouse said. “Her employment both in the Chair’s Congressional office and at the DNC is a testament to her knowledge and professionalism and nothing more – and no smear driven by the right wing noise machine is going to impact her status as a trusted member of this team.” The last part of the comment was apparently a reference to the Washington Free Beacon, which broke the story.
According to a separate report, Gilbert was hired as Wasserman-Schultz’s Jewish outreach person despite strong objections from numerous people connected with the DNC as well as Obama campaign officials. The report claims that the objections were based on two reasons: a) the Democrats already have a full-time Jewish liaison, Ira Forman, who was the executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Coalition, and b) Gilbert’s father, Mark Gilbert, is a wealth manager who also serves as a top-level bundler for the president, and is a major donor to Obama, the Democratic Party, and Wasserman-Schultz’s own campaigns.
The photo was removed from Gilbert’s Facebook page this week.