Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Consider me stunned...

J Street has Geoff Davis as a part of the list of candidates they endorsed. I thought J Street was more liberal in nature, which is why it shocks me to see Geoff Davis (R-KY5) on that list. I had him as more of an AIPAC guy myself!
Congressman Davis strongly supports Middle East peace and signed the 2007 Ackerman-Boustany letter endorsing the Annapolis peace process. He also did not cosponsor the “Iran Blockade Resolution,” H.CON.RES 362, and believes that the U.S. should pursue diplomatic channels to confront Iran’s nuclear program. He has openly discussed the failures of the war in Iraq and calls for more “progress on the political front” to secure democracy in Iraq and end the war. He also broke with the majority of his party by supporting H.R. 2863, which bans the “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment” of detainees.

With thoughtful policies on the resolution of the conflicts and crises in the Middle East, JStreetPAC is proud to endorse Rep. Davis.
As for other Kentucky candidates, John Yarmuth (D-KY3) was also endorsed.
Rep. Yarmuth maintains great concern for Israeli security, cosponsoring a bill condemning the ongoing Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians by Hamas and other terrorist organizations. He also co-sponsored a bill calling for the President to appoint a Special Envoy for Middle East Peace.

Rep. Yarmuth opposes the continued occupation of Iraq, arguing that “our presence in Iraq has caused a quagmire that has made our nation less secure and lowered our respect around the world. It is now indisputable that the claims President Bush made to justify the American invasion were false.” He supports removing U.S. troops safely from Iraq, voting in support of Congress’s benchmarks for Iraq and a redeployment of US troops if those benchmarks are not met.

Congressman Yarmuth is opposed by former Congresswoman Anne Northup, who he defeated in 2006. Unlike, Yarmuth, Northup supports an unlimited occupation of Iraq. She was a co-sponsor of a 2006 act to curb aid to Palestinians in Gaza, contributing to deteriorating conditions on the ground that undermine the will and opportunity for peace.

Rep. Yarmuth says that “war should always be America’s last resort, and I will encourage strong diplomatic strategies to ensure that unnecessary conflict is avoided in hostile areas like Iran.” With his strong record of accomplishments in his first term and his pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-diplomacy policies, it is with great pride that JStreetPAC is endorsing Rep. Yarmuth.

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