Jewish Insider’s Daily Kickoff: June 13, 2019

“2020 WATCH — Eliot Engel to face far-left challenger in 2020: Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will face a progressive challenger in next year’s Democratic congressional primary. Andom Ghebreghiorgis, a 33-year-old activist from Mount Vernon, New York — who launched his campaign for the 16th Congressional District on Wednesday — is hoping to replicate Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset victory against fmr. Congressman Joe Crowley from Queens.

In his campaign launch announcement, first previewed by the Washington Post, Ghebreghiorgis lambasted Engel’s foreign policy approach: “Our representative’s hawkish record is clear: he voted for the Iraq War, voted against withdrawing the U.S. from Afghanistan, opposed the Iran Nuclear Deal, supported Trump’s decision to unilaterally move the U.S. Embassy to Israel and supported Israel’s illegal annexation of the Golan Heights. Humanity does not benefit from these militaristic policies that we typically expect to be supported by the Republican Party.””

-The Times of Israel