The Washington Free Beacon has been banned from covering and reporting on all events related to the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, a Jewish communal organization, following its publication of remarks made by Pennsylvania Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb at an event that the Federation says was off the record and closed to the press.
Pennsylvania Democrat Conor Lamb said he had “absolutely no memory” of saying Israel was guilty of “terrorism” and intentionally targeted civilians, comments from 2002 revealed by the Washington Free Beacon on Monday.
Conor Lamb, the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, has made lambasting the corruptive influence lobbyists have on lawmakers a central tenet of his campaign, but it hasn’t stopped him from attending lobbyist-hosted fundraisers.
The Republican Jewish Coalition criticized Pennsylvania Democrat Conor Lamb for failing to address comments he made in 2002 in which he said Israel was guilty of “terrorism.”
Pennsylvania Democrat Conor Lamb wrote in a 2002 post on his college newspaper’s website that the Israeli government committed “terrorism” and was intentionally targeting civilians in the Gaza Strip.
Democrat Conor Lamb’s attempt to disavow unpopular party leadership during his special election bid in Pennsylvania’s 18th district was further complicated on Wednesday with the disclosure that his campaign received thousands from Rep. Steny Hoyer (D., Md.), who serves as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (Calif.) top lieutenant.
Efforts by Pennsylvania Democrat Conor Lamb to distance himself from Democratic leadership were briefly put on hold last week when he attended a Washington, D.C., fundraiser hosted by a group of Pennsylvania Democrats loyal to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.