Between her support for new sanctions on Iran and opposition to new sanctions on Iran, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a little frazzled these days.
Like a sitcom plot about a character who has two dates on the same night, Debbie is dating Obama’s Iran appeasement policies and her Jewish constituents at the same time and so she has to rush from restaurant to restaurant, telling increasingly crazy lies to each of her dates.
Or she just has her spokeswoman do it for her.
Is Debbie Wasserman Schultz against new sanctions on Iran? Absolutely.
Her spokeswoman, Mara Sloan, told The Daily Beast that Wasserman Schultz does support holding off on new sanctions until the diplomacy plays out.
That was back on January 11. A whole lifetime ago. On January 10, however, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was for new sanctions on Iran.
Mara Sloan said: “Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been a strong supporter of sanctions against Iran and will continue to be. She has cosponsored and voted for the additional sanctions bill that has already passed the house. Currently, there is not a resolution on sanctions offered in the House. As soon as one is filed, she will review the language, as she does with any legislation and decide whether it helps to ensure that Iran will never have a nuclear weapon.”
Which is a complicated way of saying that she can’t be accused of voting against sanctions that haven’t come to the floor yet. But that’s not what Debbie is being accused of. She’s being accused of working to stop the resolution before it ever gets filed. And should this hypothetical resolution exist, despite her best efforts, she will decide whether to support it or not.
Which version of Debbie do you believe? The one from Jan 11 who expressed opposition to new sanctions, rather than the one from Jan 10 who spent more time weaseling than most actual weasels.
It’s no wonder then that the Emergency Committee for Israel is running an ad blasting Double Dealing Debbie.
One senior legislative assistance in the congresswoman’s D.C. office even denied that such a resolution existed, according to Stephen Fiske, chair of the Florida Congressional Committee PAC, a nonpartisan, pro-Israel political action committee.
“I pushed and said, hypothetically, if the House were to come up with the identical wording as stated in Senate’s bill—The Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act of 2013—will Debbie sign on?” Fiske recalled.
The staffer responded by saying “she will not answer,” Fiske said.
So that’s a firm, uh. Exactly what you expect from J Street’s house congresswoman.