October 30, 2006

by Reb Yudel
Flailing Republicans bring K-Street Mafia tactics to beat on Jewish organizations

From JTA:

According to Thursday’s Chicago Sun-Times, Caryn Garber, a staffer
for Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), wanted to force Robert Schrayer, an
insurance magnate, to drop his backing for Dan Seals, a Democrat
challenging Kirk. Schrayer, chairman of the Tel Aviv University
American Council and a board member of the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Chicago, had supported Kirk in earlier campaigns.

Garber e-mailed Sam Witkin, president of TAU’s American Council, to ask
him to contact Itamar Rabinovich, TAU’s president and a former Israeli
envoy to Washington. “Itamar should call Bob and tell him his actions
can have a very bad effect on the university,” the e-mail reportedly
said. “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Kirk is on the U.S. House
of Representatives’ powerful Foreign Operations Appropriations

Is it any wonder that formerly pro-democracy, pro-civil liberty Jewish groups have let themselves be used as arms of the Bush Republican Party propaganda machine in recent years?


What's really outrageous is that Mark Kirk is campaigning very heavily on his alleged "strong support" of Israel. He's pandering to his many Jewish constituents and it's hypocritical and insulting. This incident has helped some Jews in the 10th wake up to Kirk's deception, but I much fear it's too little, too late.

Posted by: Dina at October 31, 2006 1:13 AM
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