Jewish community leaders in South Florida say they are growing frustrated with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) over her conflicting statements regarding a bipartisan Iran sanctions measure in the House.
Following a Washington Free Beacon report detailing her efforts to block a House resolution backing new sanctions on Iran, Wasserman Schultz has told her hometown press that she is open to new sanctions, while telling D.C. reporters that she opposes them.
The conflicting statements are a sign that Wasserman Schultz is torn between her support for the White House, which opposes the sanctions, and her constituents, who are less convinced of Iran’s good intentions and more supportive of tough congressional action.
Her disparate stances have spurred confusion and worry in South Florida, where pro-Israel leaders have failed to get Wasserman Schultz to explain her stance on the record.
Several of Wasserman Schultz’s South Florida constituents told the Free Beacon that the lawmaker’s office has been standoffish and combative when confronted about the issue.
Wasserman Schultz’s backroom bid to kill the sanctions resolution had even drawn the attention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) South Florida office, which urged its members to call the lawmakers office to demand she publicly explain her position.