Regular readers may recall that, in June, I blogged about Scott Wallace’s congressional campaign to unseat Brian Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania’s 1st district. At that time, I reported that Wallace, through the fund he administered, gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-Israel Boycott/Divest/Sanction (BDS) advocates…but that at least one supposedly pro-Jewish organization, headed by Jill Zipin (Jewish Outreach Pennsylvania) was still considering supporting him.
I received a message from Ms. Zipin assuring me that she would never support an anti-Israel candidate. I answered that I hoped this wasn’t another one of the “Lost Tribe” incidents where a candidate who has made his anti-Israel stance clear tells a Democrat/left Jewish group that he either was misunderstood or had a change of heart, and winds up getting its support.
Well, that is exactly what did happen. In July, Zipin announced Wallace told her group that he was misunderstood, that Israel-wise, he wasn’t such a bad guy after all, and…you know the rest.
In short, as I suspected, Zipin demonstrated that she was a member in good standing of the “Lost Tribe” (i.e. the Jews and non-Jews who claim to be pro-Israel, but will toss Israel down the crapper to promote a liberal/left agenda) and supported him.
With that in mind, here is the current status of that house race.
As of today, it is a toss-up.
But, interestingly, almost none of the funding for Scott Wallace is from people in the district.
From Joe Schoffstall’s article at freebeacon.com:
Wallace’s campaign committee’s most recent filings to the Federal Election Commission show that the Democratic candidate reports $5.4 million in total receipts. Of that amount, $4,834,000, nearly 90 percent, came from Wallace himself. The remaining amount has overwhelmingly come from individuals who live outside of the state.
Wallace has only pulled in $66,000 in contributions from Pennsylvanians, according to data compiled by Political Moneyline. Rep. Fitzpatrick, on the other hand, receives a majority of his campaign contributions from in-state donors, his filings show.
What does this tell us? It tells us that, based on their contribution pattern, the people of Pennsylvania’s 1st district don’t want anything to do with Wallace. That if he wins, it will be because his personal wealth, and outside interests, purchased the election…along with the support of a group that is supposed to give a damn about Israel.
If that happens, I hope Jill Zipin will have a great time at the victory party. She certainly will have earned it.
Then, when Wallace no longer has to pretend about his sudden, politically opportune, pro-Israel position, she can act surprised. And I do mean act.