RJC Endorses Reps. D’Esposito, Kean, Lawler, Molinaro, Williams
Washington, DC – Today, the Republican Jewish Coalition announced its second round of House endorsements for the 2024 election cycle. RJC released the following statement from National Chairman Senator Norm Coleman and CEO Matt Brooks:
RJC is proud to endorse Representatives Anthony D’Esposito (NY-4), Tom Kean Jr. (NJ-7), Mike Lawler (NY-17), Marc Molinaro (NY-19), and Brandon Williams (NY-22) - five freshmen members of Congress from the Northeast who have already made a significant, positive impact on issues of concern to the Jewish community.
In 2022, these five districts in New York and New Jersey were critical to delivering the House of Representatives for the GOP and firing Nancy Pelosi once and for all - and they will be critical in the battle to keep and grow the Republican majority in 2024.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Congressman Anthony D’Esposito served as a Councilman in the Town of Hempstead, NY where he worked across party lines to deliver good municipal services to the nearly 800,000 residents of America’s largest township. To build upon the US-Israel alliance, Rep. D’Esposito co-sponsored the bill to require the appointment of a special envoy for the historic Abraham Accords peace agreements, while also accepting appointments from Speaker Kevin McCarthy to a new parliamentary working group between the Israeli Knesset and the House of Representatives, and to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Congressman Tom Kean, Jr. has a proven record of mainstream conservative leadership throughout his career in public service in New Jersey. In 2022, Kean defeated a 20-year DC insider and far-left liberal who’d taken tens of thousands of dollars from anti-Israel groups like J Street. Rep. Kean has already distinguished himself as a leader in the fight against antisemitism as Chairman of the Europe Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a cosponsor of the Holocaust Education and Antisemitism Lessons (HEAL) Act.
After pulling off the biggest upset of the 2022 election cycle, defeating DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney by fewer than 2,000 votes, Congressman Mike Lawler is leading House GOP efforts to strengthen the US-Israel relationship while holding those who demonize the Jewish state accountable. As an example, in rapid response to rampant antisemitism at the City University of New York (CUNY), Congressman Lawler introduced the "Stop Antisemitism on College Campuses Act," which would rescind public funding for universities that tolerate antisemitic events on campus.
A native New Yorker and a former Mayor, State Assemblyman, and County Executive, Congressman Marc Molinaro is a career problem solver who ran for Congress to make Upstate New York a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Delivering on his promise to tackle tough issues like public safety and education head-on, Rep. Molinaro got the House to pass his bill to prohibit schools that receive federal funding from being used as shelters for migrants, in response to radical Governor Kathy Hochul’s plan to house migrants in SUNY college dorms in Upstate New York and as public school gymnasiums are currently being used as shelters.
Prior to his time in Congress, Congressman Brandon Williams served as a Nuclear Submarine Officer in the Navy, and founded a successful software company. After winning by less than one percent in 2022, Rep. Williams got straight to work on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Committee, where he introduced and secured passage of an amendment stating that all elementary and secondary students should have the opportunity to learn the history of the Holocaust and antisemitism.