update deskU.S. News

‘Her strong convictions, not politics,’ RJC says of Rep. Tenney’s support for Israel, Jews

The New York congresswoman is “a standout ally of Israel in its fight against Hamas and a strong voice against antisemitism,” the Republican Jewish Coalition said.

Rep. Claudia Tenney
Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.). Credit: U.S. House of Representatives Official Photo.

The Republican Jewish Coalition endorsed Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) for re-election in New York’s 24th Congressional District.

The congresswoman is “a dedicated advocate for her constituents in Upstate New York who has been a standout ally of Israel in its fight against Hamas and a strong voice against antisemitism,” Norm Coleman and Matt Brooks, national chairman and CEO, respectively, of the RJC, stated on Friday.

The RJC leaders noted that Tenney introduced a bill shortly after Hamas terrorist attacks in southern Israel on Oct. 7 “to replenish the critical Iron Dome missile-defense program. Soon after, she introduced a bill to cut off funding for UNRWA and other international organizations that partner with groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.”

“There aren’t many Jewish voters in the 24th district,” the RJC leaders said. “Congresswoman Tenney’s leadership is based on her strong convictions, not politics.”

As of March 31, Tenney had outraised her Republican primary opponent, Mario Fratto, by about $1.7 million to about $500,000, per the U.S. Federal Election Commission.

The RJC called Fratto an extremist.

“Fratto’s campaign platform calls for ending U.S. aid to Israel as it fights for survival against Hamas and Iran’s other terrorist proxies,” the RJC leaders stated. “He has attacked Congresswoman Tenney’s support for anti-terrorism legislation and for supporting a Republican speaker of the House. He touts the endorsement of one of the most notorious antisemite-embracing members of Congress.”

Fratto wrote on May 1 that he was honored to receive the endorsement of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), who called the candidate “the kind of leader we need in Washington, D.C.” Gosar has been associated in the past with the neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes.

The Republican New York primary is on June 25.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war. JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you. The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support? Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates