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CONTACT Jeff Mendelsohn, [email protected]
PRO-ISRAEL AMERICA ENDORSES ANTONE MELTON-MEAUX TO CHALLENGE REP. ILHAN OMAR FOR CONGRESS IN 2020
APRIL 14, 2020, WASHINGTON DC – Today, Pro-Israel America, a nation-wide grassroots network dedicated to helping elect pro-Israel members of Congress, announced its endorsement for 2020 House of Representatives candidate Antone Melton Meaux (MN-05).
Jeff Mendelsohn, Executive Director of Pro-Israel America, issued the following statement:
“We need leaders in Congress who understand and value the strategic U.S.-Israel alliance, which helps keep both our countries safe and helps fight against terrorist groups that seek to destroy the United States and Israel. During Ilhan Omar’s short time in Congress she has repeatedly peddled antisemitic tropes and advocated for policies that would undermine the U.S.-Israel relationship, putting the safety of both America and Israel at risk.
“Pro-Israel America is endorsing Antone Melton-Meaux in his challenge against Representative Omar. Rep. Omar’s foreign policy positions are dangerous for the U.S. and our allies. Rep. Omar has repeatedly made offensive remarks about the Jewish people. She voted against condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that seeks to cripple the Jewish state of Israel. She had advocated to cut military assistance funding for Israel, even when our ally was being attacked by neighboring terrorist groups. At the same time, she has called for lifting sanctions on our adversary Iran, while championing legislation to embolden activists to place sanctions on Israel.
“Antone Melton-Meaux is challenging Representative Omar because she has been more concerned with national attention than with delivering results for her district. Melton-Meaux has called out Rep. Omar on her divisive statements about the Jewish community. He also recognizes Israel as a strategic ally of the United States. While the effort against Rep. Omar is being led by people in her district with concerns about her ability to work for them, her negative policies affect all of us. That is why Pro-Israel America is endorsing Antone Melton-Meaux.”
Melton-Meaux is the second non-incumbent challenger that Pro-Israel America has endorsed.
Pro-Israel America endorses candidates from both sides of the aisle, now totaling forty-one candidates, including 17 Republicans and 24 Democrats, including: Republican Senators Susan Collins, John Cornyn, Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, Lindsay Graham, Jim Risch and Ben Sasse, and Democratic Senators Chris Coons, Doug Jones, Gary Peters and Tina Smith. Endorsements for Democratic House of Representatives candidates include Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Representatives, Joyce Beatty, Henry Cuellar, Ted Deutch, Eliot Engel, Josh Gottheimer, Ted Lieu, Elaine Luria, Carolyn Maloney, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Stephanie Murphy, Tom O’Halleran, Brad Schneider, David Scott, Albio Sires, Brad Sherman and Juan Vargas as well as former Representative Kweisi Mfume and challenger Antone Melton-Meaux. Endorsements for Republican House of Representatives candidates include Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Representatives Don Bacon, Steve Chabot, Brian Fitzpatrick, Kay Granger, Brian Mast, Michael McCaul, Joe Wilson and Lee Zeldin as well as challenger Todd McMurtry.
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