J Street Takes Aim at Johnson, Kirk – National Journal

The group hopes to unseat senators who opposed the Iran deal.

By Andrea Drusch

The lib­er­al Jew­ish Middle East policy group J Street says it “will fo­cus this year on un­seat­ing” Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Ron John­son (R-WI), “who led op­pos­i­tion to the Ir­an nuc­le­ar deal.”

The group’s polit­ic­al dir­ect­or, Ben Shnider, said of the two Re­pub­lic­ans: “They were two of the biggest de­tract­ors of the deal. … Ir­an is be­ing de­fanged … and they stood in the way.”

In Wis­con­sin, J Street is back­ing former Sen. Russ Fein­gold (D-WI). “The group has yet to settle on an op­pon­ent to Kirk,” but has backed Rep. Tammy Duck­worth (D-IL) in the past.

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