GOP Senate candidate said Republicans have 'dual loyalties' to Israel

GOP Senate candidate said Republicans have 'dual loyalties' to Israel
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Former Rep. Jason LewisJason Mark LewisTwo swing-district Democrats raise impeachment calls after whistleblower reports GOP Senate candidate said Republicans have 'dual loyalties' to Israel The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (R-Minn.), who is running for Senate in Minnesota, said in 2013 that the Republican Party had "dual loyalties" to Israel, according to CNN.

The U.S.'s continued support of Israel, Lewis said on a radio show in February 2013, was due to a "very strong American Jewish lobby," and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He added that many in the party viewed Israel as the "51st state." 

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Lewis's comments were backing Defense Secretary Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelHundreds of West Point alumni call out Esper over military's role in protests Can he really do that? Yes, he probably can — because Congress let him GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism MORE, who underwent scrutiny during his 2013 confirmation process for his use of the phrase "Jewish lobby" in 2006, The Washington Post reported then

When questioned about his past words, Lewis called inquiries "pathetic" and "worn-out." 

"Actions speak louder than words, and the action that Congressman Lewis took in the 115th Congress to strengthen and support the U.S.- Israeli relationship is virtually unmatched, evidenced by his voting record," Lewis's campaign manager Tom Szymanski said in an email to The Hill. "The voters of Minnesota will see right through these false attacks next November."

Lewis then called out Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid MORE (D-Minn.), characterizing her criticisms of the country's relationship with Israel "genuinely anti-Israel."

Lewis is one of two candidates campaigning for the Republican nominee and would face Sen. Tina SmithTina Flint SmithTrump officials seek to reassure public about safety of a potential coronavirus vaccine The Hill's Campaign Report: Candidates, lawmakers mark Juneteenth Group of Democratic senators to propose making Juneteenth national holiday MORE (D-Minn.) in the general election. Smith won a special election earlier this year and is serving out the remainder of former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenPolitical world mourns loss of comedian Jerry Stiller Maher to Tara Reade on timing of sexual assault allegation: 'Why wait until Biden is our only hope?' Democrats begin to confront Biden allegations MORE's term.