RJC: Cockburn Bashes Israel, Dines with Despots

RJC Running Major TV Ad Campaign

Washington, D.C. (October 14, 2018) -- The Republican Jewish Coalition is launching a major broadcast (1500 gross ratings points) and cable TV advertising campaign in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. The $300,000 ad campaign in the Charlottesville and Roanoke markets begins tomorrow and runs through the end of October.

The ad highlights liberal Democrat Leslie Cockburn’s history of bashing Israel and dining with dictators and despots.  Click here to see the ad

Her 1991 book, Dangerous Liaison, was panned in a New York Times review as “largely dedicated to Israel-bashing for its own sake.” Commentary magazine criticized the book for “fabricating quotations, twisting logic, and imputing guilt for nonexistent enormities.” 

In an interview with Lloyd Grove of the Daily Beast, Cockburn boastfully and unapologetically recounted having dinner with Saddam Hussein’s war criminal sons, Uday and Qusay, and midnight tea with Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said:

Leslie Cockburn is out of touch with the voters of VA-5. Her book is often cited by anti-Semitic hate groups to bolster their claim that Jews have too much control in our country. Her radical agenda for the economy, health care, and foreign policy are far outside the mainstream, especially in the largely rural and Republican communities in central and southwest Virginia.

We are very proud of the RJC’s prominent role in key races this year. Our work has had a major impact and we will continue to speak out – particularly against Democrats who are anti-Israel and who support Pres. Obama’s failed nuclear deal with Iran.

This is the third ad campaign undertaken by the RJC in the 2018 cycle. The RJC ran a successful advertising campaign in PA-1 in June about the record of Democratic candidate Scott Wallace that helped move that race from “Toss Up” to “Lean Republican.” The RJC just concluded an advertising campaign in North Dakota highlighting the support of US Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) for President Obama’s dangerous nuclear deal with Iran. Her Republican opponent, Congressman Kevin Cramer, is currently up 12 points in the polls.

Click here or on the graphic below to see the ad.