Interview with MO02 Candidate Noga Sachs
ROAD TO THE MIDTERMS — In an interview with Jewish Insider‘s Jacob Kornbluh, Republican challenger Noga Sachs discussed her campaign against incumbent GOP Congresswoman Ann Wagner in Tuesday’s primary for Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.
Sachs, a 34-year-old Israeli American, is Wagner’s only challenger and is facing an uphill battle against an incumbent who once headed the Missouri Republican Party. The Missouri GOP attempted to throw her off the ballot alleging Sachs is a ‘Trojan Horse’ candidate.
In a phone interview, Sachs admitted that she is not a traditional Republican and that in the past she voted for Democrats based on her brother’s recommendations. But insists that after realizing that the Democratic Party “really doesn’t fit me as well as I thought it did,” she joined the Republican Party “so I can empathize with their perspective.”
She decided to run for office after the shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.
“For them, the primary objective is to protect the incumbent,” Sachs said.
Sachs, who was born to Israeli parents, describes herself as a problem solver aiming to broaden the tent. “I definitely am not a left-leaning person in the perspective of hating the Land of Israel or considering Israel to be an apartheid. I’m not any of that. So, if by left-leaning, they mean creative solutions, well then, I’ll say I am guilty as charged.”
Sachs on her views toward President Trump: “Trump does a lot of not necessarily well thought-out-things that I think is irresponsible. Definitely, if you’re talking about moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, I agree with that and several other ideas that he has. But I couldn’t tell you that I would be like Wagner and that I would just always go with what Trump says. At this point, I don’t believe I disagree with anything he’s done with respect to Israel. However, I would venture to guess that he might say something that I would disagree with, and I’d have to look at things individually.”
Sachs expressed hope that the Republican Party will rally behind her if she pulls an upset and win the primary, but is not banking on that. “I think right now, what I’m seeing when I talk to citizens is that people are tired of this very polarized form of politics and they’re looking for more of a moderate like me, who’s willing to look at the issues and come up with smart and practical solutions.”