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~,~RITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 28, 2003 PAGE 11 By Eric Fingerhut Washington Jewish Week WASHINGTON, D.C.--A local Jewish lawyer is one of a number of people consid- iling challenging embattled P. Jim Moran next year w the Democratic nomina- LIOn gr in Virginia's 8th Con- essional district. Jet my Bash, 31, said last Week that he is taking "a last week of Moran's "anti- Israel" record and "some borderline conspiratorial statements" he has made about Jews. Moran's critics stress that his March 3 comments in Reston blaming Jews for a war in Iraq were not a one- time occurrence, but just the latest in a series of com- ments denigrating the Jew- ish community, Jewish po- Serious look, at entering the litical activism and Israel. .race against Moran after be- Last week, Moran made [ gapproached by dozens of another comment that drew th District voters in recent fire from some quarters. days asking him to consider "I'm not going to be in- a run. timidated," Moran said to "I'm touchirig base with Roll Call newspaper. "It's un- '" Political activists and healthyfortheAmericanpo- COmmunity leaders and I'll litical process for any group ake a decision ; based on within our society to be able hat Ihear,"saiu Bash, who to decide who should and lives in the District, but is a shouldn't represent a con- 0rrner Arlington resident stituency.'DavidBernstein, Who has served on the Ar- director of the American ngton County Democratic Jewish Committee's Wash- u mittee Steering Corn- ington area chapter, saidthe rnittee He aisowas Moran s comment showed that once Arlingion campaign coordi- again Moran has"raised the nator in 1994. canard of Jewish control." Meanwhile, after rebuff- "In suggesting that one lng Moran's request for a group- the Jewish commu- etinglas :week, localJew nity- will decide who repre- " leaders say they have no sents his district, he has re- Urrent plans to speak fur- peated the allegation of un- mer to the congressmen, due Jewish influence," MOran has been widely Bernstein said. ndemned for remarks ear- Moran's record dates back liar this month suggesting to at least 1994, when in a natJewsare driving the U.S. letter to then-AmericanArab t0war in Iraq rdfromhis Anti-Discrimination Com- "I have not hea mittee president Albert ffice and I'm not going to Mokhiber a few weeks after e seeking a meeting until Israeli Baruch Goldstein [ eres something more to killed more than 20 Pales- about," said Agudas tiniansataHebronmosque, -achlm Rabbi Jack Moline, he said"this type of atrocity of six Virginia rabbiswill continue unless the ::uo called on Moran to re- United States exerts its le- high. verage free of political con- te Moline said Moran has of- siderations."The son of Con- s.n.c.Ome to Jewish leaders gregation Etz Hayim (for- e.kmgadvice on how to get merly Arlington-Fairfax into the " ood graces"Jewish Congregation) Rabbi 0tthe co .o mmumtyafterother Emeritus Marvin Bash and a eCidents, but this time he formerAmerican Israel Pub- dstobe pro-active and licAffairsCommitteestaffer, up with the proper Bash does not believe that ur0s and actions himself, his background would be an a. Moran sDokesperson issue in a campaign, in light ai(I t . hat the congressman of Moran's recent com- UUld 'continue to reach ments. out" t le- o Jewish commumty "I don't think religion or and constituents faith will play any role" in a M e-on-one." Pressure on possible race, Bash said. ran increased in the past "This race will be about is- ~t0 Weeks, as six Jewish sues the voters care about, e bers of the House urged andwhether they have a con- not to run for re-elec- gressman they can be proud and said they would of." A memo obtained by SUpport him if he did. WJW analyzing a prospec- ;ep. Jerrold Nadler (D- tire Democratic primary h l='l said Monday he also election challenge to Moran yes Moran should re- argues that a successful op- mCongressnextyear. ponent would have to raise ',nat he said was unfor- more than $1 million, have "w :: indo tN:wd err, :nht a political base of Arlington County - to counter Moran's SCene Around u ?ntinued from page 9 s. the backbone of the Creative Arts at the JCC, and has many, many kids over the years' according to Elli. Ic 107.7 stated 'We sincerely appreciate the extra dedica- erti y u show to your students and proudly present this ate in recognition of the way you enrich their lives each r'c la a,k you for being an outstanding role model and helping jr, lldren achieve their goals.' tk. staff all feel the same love and admiration for Mark and "' ndeffui works that he does each and every day. as Kin Ahasuerus in our Purim spiel, Mark helped to n agic forall of our children. Is truly a special gift to the families at the JCC and we are PrOd of him." till ztz .Ssed.out? "'" . Y spouse yesterday when he said he was very hot anti m Row the lawn in the nude. , !' .nat will the neighbors think if I do?' he asked thi k it some thought (10 seconds) and replied, They li arried you for your money!" home base of Alexandria - and be a passionate fresh face with the ability to attract young professional and in- dependent voters. There is no party registration in Vir- ginia, so independents and Republicans could vote in a primary election. The memo argues that Bash, who served as foreign and defense policy issues di- rector for the Gore- Lieberman presidential campaign and was a mem- ber of the campaign's legal team during the Florida re- count, could raise enough money nationally to be com- petitive with Moran. It also says he could build a win- ning coalition in the district, even with a third candidate in the race. Some local political ac- tivists say that Bash would make an excellent member of Congress, but are not sure that he has the name recog- nition or experience in Vir- ginia politics to succeed in a race against Moran. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chair Kate Hanley, former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer, and Virginia Sen. Leslie Byrne (D-Dist. 34) all have said they are thinking about challenging Moran. A decision on how the Democratic nominee will be chosen - by primary elec- tion or party convention - will be made early next year by the 8th District Demo- cratic committee, which of- ten defers to the incumbent's request. A party convention would be con- sidered more favorable to Moran, because fewer people would be making the deci- sion and Moran loyalists could dominate the process. Jewish Community Coun- cil of Greater Washington president Sophie Hoffman said it is important that Moran agree to a primary election. Citing his comments last week in Roll Call, Hoffman said it would be "unhealthy" if the "most democratic, plu- ralistic process" were not used to pick the party nomi- nee in the heavily Demo- cratic district. "The voters should decide who should represent them," Hoffman said, adding that such a view is widespread among voters in the district. Same Day Service Available On Pumps Filters Heaters Weekly Pool Service Equipment Repair Automatic Pool Cleaners Pool Supplies Family Owned Since 1954 Chlorine Generators Open Sundays 9 a.m. - 3 p,m. Mon-Sat I on any I service I call I expires 4/30/03 il OII Ill II IIII IlOII Illll 30 - 6 p.m. Polaris Hayward Starite 631 N. Orlando A ve (17-92) Maitland I I II II V ll II I= i il Fish, A Passover Promise from Manischewitz - when you buy a 5 Ib, package of Manischewitz Passover Matzo, a contribution will go to israels Red Cross. Help support this great cause with your purchase. 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