September 23, 2022
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Republican Jewish Coalition

Notes from Norm

This week, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) picked a fight with colleagues who call themselves 'progressives' but have the nerve to support the Jewish state's right to exist. "Among progressives it has become clear that you cannot claim to hold progressive values yet back Israel's apartheid government, and we will continue to push back, and not accept, this idea that you are progressive except for Palestine," she said speaking at a virtual event.

Once again, Tlaib's blatant antisemitism and radicalism left her fellow Democrats embarrassed. While some notable progressives criticized Tlaib, no one expects that there will be any meaningful consequences for her outrageous conduct. One influential source of support for Tlaib is the group that claims to be "pro-Israel and pro-peace" but is actually neither: J Street. Tlaib says she has "a great working relationship" with J Street. Another key Tlaib ally: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who excused previous antisemitic outbursts from Tlaib and endorsed her reelection.

It's clear there will never be accountability for Tlaib unless Republican gains can diminish the influence of her protectors, Pelosi and J Street. That brings us back to this year's elections.

Close by Tlaib's district, two J Street-backed Democrat incumbents, Rep. Elissa Slotkin and Rep. Dale Kildee, are top GOP targets. Slotkin is a wily politician, but she has no good answers when her opponent, veteran and state senator Tom Barrett, challenges her 100% support for the failed Biden/Pelosi agenda. Kildee has an even worse record on supporting Israel and is in the fight of his life against Paul Junge in a mid-Michigan district trending heavily toward the GOP.

Last week, RJC PAC endorsed Tom Barrett and Paul Junge, citing the importance of holding Democrats who choose to align with J Street accountable.

These are excellent candidates. Barrett, an Army veteran known for the staunch fiscal conservatism he demonstrated in Lansing, is serious about working to maximize the effectiveness of our armed forces if elected. Junge, who has experience as an attorney, a television journalist and a Trump administration official, is aggressively making the argument that the stale big-government policies Kildee promotes have left middle-class Michiganders worse off.

Unfortunately, Rashida Tlaib is going to be back in Congress next year. But if we are smart and effective in diminishing the influence of her enablers, we can mitigate the negative impact of her bigotry.

To victory,

Senator Norm Coleman | RJC National Chairman

Find past editions of Notes from Norm here.

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