Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) will not be attending Glenn Beck’s upcoming rally aim Jerusalem.
Lieberman’s office told the Washington Jewish Week that the lawmaker won’t be able to attend the former Fox News host’s rally, which is set to take place on Wednesday.
“Because of a family commitment, Senator Lieberman will regrettably not be able to attend the Restoring Courage rally which Glenn Beck and others are holding in Jerusalem, Israel on August 24,” a Lieberman spokesperson said.
Lieberman had originally announced his attendance during an appearance on Beck’s now-cancelled television show.
“Senator Lieberman supports this event and wishes he could be there in person to express his support for a secure and free Israel, for Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, and for a rock-solid US-Israel relationship based on shared, eternal values and common current interests and enemies,” the spokesperson said.
Separately, Cantor’s office told the Washington Jewish Week that the House majority leader –who is currently in Israel with a delegation of lawmakers – also won’t be able to make it the Beck rally.
The top Jewish Republican will be traveling back from Israel on Wednesday, exactly when Beck’s rally is scheduled taking place.
On Thursday Beck blasted Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) on his radio show, accusing the House speaker of preventing members of Congress from traveling to Israel to attend his rally. On the show, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) told Beck that he had on planned on traveling to Israel on a fact-finding mission sponsored by the International Israel Allies Caucus Foundation and attending Beck’s rally. But Walsh said that the House Ethics Committee had said members of Congress could not participate in the trip.
“They have been having a problem with John Boehner’s office approving anybody who has wanted to join on this, on this, you know, trip to Israel to stand,” Beck said on his show. “There were 35 congressman, I think, at one point and there may have been more. I don’t know how many are actually coming because they’ve had to self-fund everything.”
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