In an invitation to a meet and greet in Hollywood on Tuesday, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s challenger, Tim Canova, tied himself to top Democratic representatives who voted against the Iran nuclear deal.
“When called upon to protect Israel some legislators step up,” the pamphlet reads, quoting excerpts from statements issued by Reps. Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel and Senator Chuck Schumer against the Iran deal. “Debbie Wasserman Schultz waffled back and forth before voting for the Iran nuclear deal, choosing party and personal political ambition over principle. Tim Canova sides with Deutch, Schumer, and Frankel.”
Deutch and Frankel have endorsed Wasserman Schultz in the primary. Schumer still hasn’t endorsed a candidate in the primary.
Canova, who is supported by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, questions whether Wasserman Schultz can “really be trusted to protect Israel’s security in the future,” while touting his opposition to the Iran deal and “strong personal connection to the state of Israel.” Canova, like Sanders, mentions that he worked on an Israeli kibbutz for five months in his first time visiting the Jewish State.
Andrew Weinstein, an attorney and prominent Democratic donor from Coral Springs, Florida called the campaign pamphlet “outrageous.”
“It is remarkable that Mr. Canova would have the audacity to utilize statements from members of Congress who have endorsed Wasserman Schultz,” Weinstein told Jewish Insider. Adding, “To suggest that she is somehow abandoning Israel, is shocking.”
Weinstein asserted that Canova contradicts himself when he hits his challenger for siding with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on a certain issue after putting out a billboard – back in April – criticizing her for not standing with the president on payday loans.
He also rebuked the congressional candidate for suggesting that Wasserman Schultz “waffled” on the nuclear deal. “As someone who was with her during her deliberations, it is just wrong,” said Weinstein. “She had the vice president come down to meet with members of her district; she met with rabbis and people of all sides of the issue, and she had briefings. She wasn’t waffling. She was doing her job by evaluating the deal.”
Canova and Wasserman Schultz are competing in a Democratic primary in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District on August 30th. A recent poll showed Wasserman Schultz leading Canova 46-38 percent with 16 percent undecided. Another poll showed her with a 33 point lead over her rival.