Last week, Councilman Dan Halloran, a candidate for a northeastern Queens Congressional District, visited Israel and met with religious and government leaders in the process. Mr. Halloran used the trip to flex his foreign policy credentials, which he undoubtedly hopes will have some appeal with Jewish voters back home.
Mr. Halloran’s Democratic opponent, however, was not amused. In a statement blasted out this afternoon, Ms. Meng’s campaign accused Mr. Halloran of being insufficiently supportive of the country despite the trip.
“Grace Meng visited and took interest in Israel long before this congressional election, while Dan Halloran was busy trying to get the most anti-Israel Member of Congress, Ron Paul, elected to the presidency,” her campaign spokesman Austin Finan argued. “Just a few months ago, Mr. Halloran proudly stood as a delegate for Ron Paul’s presidential campaign; now, he’s all of a sudden discovered Israel.”
This line of attack is not surprising, as Ms. Meng hammered Mr. Halloran on his support for Mr. Paul’s bid for the Republican nomination last week as well.
“Sometimes actions speak louder than words, and Mr. Halloran’s endorsement of Ron Paul is deafening, particularly for those who care about Israel,” she wrote in an op-ed in the Jewish Week.
Accompanying today’s press release today were two photos of Ms. Meng visiting Israel in December of 2010, obviously long before the congressional campaign kicked off.
In the past, Mr. Halloran’s campaign has pivoted away from Mr. Paul and instead focused on Ms. Meng’s party registration, connecting her to President Barack Obama, whose administration can be unpopular in the city’s Orthodox Jewish communities.
Update: Indeed, Mr. Halloran’s spokesman Steve Stites told The Politicker, “The stunt is Meng comically trying to distance herself from her president’s failures when she’d support him every step of the way.”