Another Take on the Hagee Conference

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

James Besser in Washington
Last week the Political Insider reported on the curious fact that leaders of Christians United for Israel had decided to make most of their “Washington Summit” this week off limits to the press.

Apparently some members of the Fourth Estate didn’t get the memo. In today’s Washington Post the irrepressible Dana Milbank has a tart item about what happened to reporters who showed up to hear Pastor John Hagee, whose controversial comments and writing may be the reason CUFI didn’t want reporters snooping around.

Read Milbank’s story here.

In the meantime, the Political Insider is heading to the Washington Convention Center for the group’s gala Night to Honor Israel, which will be open to the press — we think.

And there should be plenty of press in attendance, thanks in part to the keynote address by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who this week was handed a petition with some 42,000 signatures urging him not to address the Christian Zionist group.  The petition was organized by J Street, the new pro-peace process lobby and political action committee which is also no fan of Hagee, who in the past has opposed land-for-peace deals with the Palestinians.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.