Interestingly, Melton-Meaux also attended Union Theological Seminary earning his master’s degree in theology, Hebrew and preaching. He also served as a chaplain at The New Jewish Home with Rabbi Judy Edelstein.
Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, is pleased that Melton-Meaux opposes BDS and regards Israel as a key ally – and appreciates his interest in the faith.
“He has genuinely impressed people with the depth of his understanding of Judaism and the connections between Judaism and Christianity,” Hunegs said. “The touchstones of his life, his family story and his philosophy are compelling.”
Tablet A recent Omar campaign mailer wondered, “Can we trust Antone Melton-Meaux’s money?” accusing him of being in “the pocket” of both “Wall Street” and the “GOP” and noting contributions from three wealthy Jews as well as “Michael, a donor from Scarsdale, New York.”
He claimed that Omar is talking about his funders to distract from her own potential money issues, alleging that 95% of her fundraising “comes from outside the state of Minnesota, and the dollars that she has raised, the large plurality, over 40%, goes to her husband’s firm.”
Omar’s supporters have twisted references to Melton-Meaux’s “American story” in his campaign material into dark aspersions about the congresswoman’s origins, something that clearly bothers him. “I would say that some of the tactics that they use, certainly on social media, are frankly reprehensible, and not grounded in facts … to call me xenophobic, Islamophobic, someone who supports cop killers is beyond the pale. But that’s the politics that she embraces.”
Bloomberg Melton-Meaux outraised Omar in the second quarter — $3.2 million to $471,000 — and has spent $1.7 million on TV ads, according to Advertising Analytics. Erlandson said Melton-Meaux has also pushed an aggressive direct mail campaign. He’s targeted the freshman congresswoman for missing 40 House votes and for the lack of bills she’s sponsored, and, without mentioning the incumbent’s name, criticizes her for prioritizing her own profile over representing the district’s interests.
In a recent TV ad, Melton-Meaux touts his progressive bonafides and says he’s “not out to sell books, become a national celebrity or fight for my own agenda.” In another, he says, “I won’t be chasing cameras or selling books.”
h/t CAIR on TV
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