Marshall is pitted against Republican Mark Amodei, a former state senator, in a special election for the state's 2nd district congressional seat. In an apparent attempt to woo Jewish voters and sympathetic Republicans, Marshall's campaign released this statement today:
"I express my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the Israelis who were murdered in the recent attacks. I call on the Egyptian government to denounce these terrorist attacks and to take stronger steps to prevent terrorists from using Egypt's border to enter Israeli territory.
I am proud to consider Israel a friend and I reiterate my unwavering support for its fundamental right to exist and the absolute necessity for Israel to secure its people from outside threats. I stand ready and willing to assist Israel in defending itself against all acts of terrorism."
Why comment on Israel now of all times? A background note accidentally left in the statement explains a bit:
Background: Israel has been in the news lately, and will be even more in the news with [Glenn] Beck's "Rally to Restore Courage" in Jerusalem. In an R district, it will be useful to express support for Israel and demonstrate some foreign policy prowess while it is a timely topic - especially for people who are likely paying attention to Beck's event.
So Marshall's campaign decided that commenting on Israel would be "useful" since Beck has made it a "timely topic." In other words, Marshall's empathy toward the Israelis appears totally bupkes.
Hot Air's Ed Morrissey adds:
Er … Marshall’s team is strategizing around a Glenn Beck rally? That’s hilarious. Thanks should go to the staffer who was too incompetent to redact this from the press release, since it exposes Marshall’s expressed support of Israel as a cheap stunt intended to exploit Glenn Beck, of all people. Not only does this demolish the idea that Marshall has “foreign policy prowess,” it also makes her look fake.