House Candidate Elan Carr: GOP Needs More Jews in Congress

Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 06:54 PM

By Sean Piccoli

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The Republican Party will be healthier, more diverse and more representative of America if it can recruit and elect more Jewish candidates for Congress, a Jewish Republican running for the House told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

Elan Carr, an Iraq War veteran and prosecutor in Los Angeles, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that a more Jewish GOP caucus in Congress would also be a stronger advocate for America's most important ally in the Middle East: Israel.

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Carr, who is campaigning for the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, said the primary election upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor this spring could leave the GOP with literally no Jewish representation in the next Congress.

He said a bipartisan Jewish caucus is more important than ever, now that violence has erupted again between Israel and the Palestianian militant group Hamas.

"In losing Eric Cantor, not only did we . . . lose the only Jewish Republican on Capitol Hill, we lost an undisputed bipartisan leader on the U.S.-Israel relationship, and that is deeply dangerous," said Carr.

Carr said the GOP's dearth of Jewish leaders was not about anti-Semitism so much as "an accident of demographics."

But he added, "I think that needs to change, because it's not healthy for the Republican Party . . .  We need both parties to be diverse."

He said Jewish Republicans could promote unambiguous support for Israel and more U.S. engagement in the Middle East — policies that he said are lacking in an Obama administration that has retreated from the global stage, leaving the region "aflame."

Carr said the latest violence by Hamas began just days after the State Department effectively endorsed a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas — despite the group's being on the department's official list of foreign terrorist organizations.

"That was the wrong message to send," Carr said.

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