Nation: New Pro-Israel PAC Makes Endorsements

Posted June 16, 2008 at 5:32pm

J Street PAC, the political action committee of a new pro-Israel lobbying group, J Street, announced its first round of Congressional election endorsements Monday.

The group, which favors a “two-state” approach to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and considers itself a moderate alternative to AIPAC, could eventually back “several dozen” candidates this cycle, according to Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami.

“Never before have American candidates been endorsed for supporting these policies,” Ben-Ami said during a conference call with reporters.

Endorsements on Monday went to Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), who is of Lebanese descent; Darcy Burner (D), a former Microsoft executive who is challenging Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.); Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.); nonprofit executive Donna Edwards (D), who is heavily favored to win a special election in Maryland today; Illinois state Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson, the Democratic nominee in the race to replace retiring Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.); Franklin County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy (D), who is running to replace retiring Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio); and rabbi Dennis Shulman (D), who is challenging Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.).