NYDAILYNEWS.COM by KENNETH LOVETT
ALBANY — State Republican Chairman Ed Cox blasted state Democrats for featuring a top national Democrat who has made controversial statements about Israel as headliner at an upcoming fund-raiser.
The Daily News reported Monday that Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who was recently named deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will headline a June 9 New York City fund-raiser for the state Senate Democrats.
“It's shocking that Senate Democrats would invite and embrace someone who has a long history of anti-Semitic leanings to headline their event," Cox said. "Regardless of party, New York is home to nearly two million Jews, and to embrace someone with that history is deeply offensive and disturbing."
Ellison voted against funding Israel's Iron Dome defense system and was lambasted by the Anti-Defamation League after he was heard on a recording during a private 2010 fund-raiser saying that Israel has control of U.S. foreign policy.
“Is that what the New York Senate Democrats are looking for?” Cox asked. “This invitation speaks volumes about their values, and is more proof they are wrong for New York."
Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy dismissed Cox’s attack as “ironic coming from a party that embraces Donald Trump, who leads the most hateful administration in modern American history."