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Waxman Attacks Winograd On Israel; Ignites A Political Firestorm

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At the behest of his congressional ally, Jane Harman (CA-36), Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman (CA-30) has launched a mean-spirited ideological assault on Harman's Democratic primary challenger, Marcy Winograd, that is garnering disfavor for Waxman and Harman amongst Democratic voters.

Marcy Winograd

In a move characterized by one Harman constituent as desperate, Waxman sent the following letter to Harman's Jewish supporters, attacking and misquoting Winograd's position on the issue of Israel/Palestine. Here is the text of Waxman's letter, distributed on his letterhead:


Dear Friend,

Recently, I came across an astounding speech by Marcy Winograd, who is running against our friend Jane Harman in her primary re-election to Congress. Ms. Winograd's views on Israel I find repugnant in the extreme. And that is why I wanted to write you.

What has prompted my urgent concern is a speech Ms. Winograd gave, entitled, "Call For One State," at the All Saints Church in Pasadena last year. The complete text is attached, but in it she says:

- "I think it is too late for a two-state solution. Israel has made it all but impossible for two states to exist."

- "Not only do I think a two-state solution is unrealistic, but also fundamentally wrong""

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- "As a citizen of the United States, I do not want my tax dollars to support institutionalized racism. As a Jew, I do not want my name associated with occupation or extermination."

- "Let us declare a one-state solution."

To me, the notion that a Member of Congress could hold these views is alarming. Ms. Winograd is far, far outside the bipartisan mainstream of views that has long insisted that US policy be based upon rock-solid support for our only democratic ally in the Middle East.

In Marcy Winograd's foreign policy, Israel would cease to exist. In Marcy Winograd's vision, Jews would be at the mercy of those who do not respect democracy or human rights. These are not trivial issues; they cannot be ignored or overlooked. Jane's victory will represent a clear repudiation of these views.

In addition to Jane Harman's expertise and leadership on national security, intelligence and foreign policy, she is my ally on the Energy and Commerce Committee and our fights for health care reform, energy independence and curbing global warming. Jane's staunch leadership and commitment to Israel are internationally recognized.
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I ask you to join me in showing maximum political support for Jane. I have already done so through my federal campaign and PAC.

Henry A. Waxman
FEC# C00255141
Not printed at taxpayer expense
Paid for by Friends of Jane Harman

I contacted Waxman's office to ask who the intended recipients of the letters were, who supplied the recipient list, and why the letter wasn't dated. The Congressman's representative, David Sadkin, responded with the following:

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Linda Milazzo was a Managing Editor of Opednews until Fall 2014, and a Los Angeles based writer, educator and activist. Since 1974, she has divided her time between the entertainment industry, government organizations, community development (more...)

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Something that's rare in any congressional race. I... by Ross Levin on Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 at 8:04:56 PM
We need more members of Congress who are true prog... by Richard Welker on Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 at 11:53:41 PM
This is a wonderful example of why we are doomed t... by Ed Encho on Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 5:21:18 AM
That Ms. Winograd can express such a view publicly... by Dick Thomson on Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 7:55:15 AM
Yours is the only comment right on target with her... by Sister Begonia on Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 8:56:05 AM
[[ACLD]]... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 8:42:00 AM
Are so kind and loving towards each other. They do... by Sister Begonia on Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 8:52:39 AM
I believe Waxman is "retiring" to become a lobbyis... by Deacon Solomon on Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 10:03:37 AM
In this article I invite people to be more strateg... by Stewart Wechsler on Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 12:14:33 PM
The definition you would like to promote is so 20t... by Bryan Emmel on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 12:17:40 AM
As you say, "Zionist" TENDS TO refer to those who ... by Stewart Wechsler on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 10:21:37 AM
It seems to me that "zionists who don't actually s... by Deacon Solomon on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 1:32:45 AM
Read my comment above. Also, I never said "Zionism... by Stewart Wechsler on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 at 10:30:54 AM
Outrageous!! It's time that candidates, especially... by Rob Kall on Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 1:34:44 PM
I don't believe Waxman cares about the consequence... by Deacon Solomon on Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 3:17:08 AM
Both the Jewish Old Testament and Christian New Te... by John Ellis on Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 8:11:23 PM
What Turkey isn't in the Middle East? Turkey is de... by kwalsh on Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 9:56:48 PM