David Brog speaking at a CUFI event. (Photo/Forward-Courtesy)
David Brog speaking at a CUFI event. (Photo/Forward-Courtesy)

David Brog was the head of Christians United for Israel. Now he’s running as a Jewish candidate for Congress.

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David Brog, a former executive for the largest pro-Israel evangelical group, is seeking to return to Capitol Hill, close to 20 years after serving on Capitol Hill as a Senate staffer to Sen. Arlen Specter. To do that he would need to win a crowded Republican primary in Las Vegas in a party dominated by Donald Trump.

Brog, who is Jewish, describes himself as an economic nationalist and a believer in Trump’s America First policy agenda, but with a history of working across the aisle to pass key legislation and to foster bipartisan support for Israel. He served for close to a decade as executive director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a Texas-based evangelical pro-Israel group.

“Despite all this cynicism about politics, I still think that elected officials and legislators who are there for the right reasons with the right values can and do make a difference,” Brog, 56, said in an interview.

He is one of eight candidates running in a GOP primary to challenge the incumbent Democratic Congresswoman, Dina Titus, in Nevada’s 1st District, which includes most of Las Vegas and has become more competitive as a result of redistricting. Brog raised more than $300,000 since he launched his bid in mid-February and has the most cash-on-hand than any of the other candidates – which includes Mark Robertson, an Army veteran; and Carolina Serrano, a former Trump campaign staffer –  according to the recent 1st quarter FEC filings.

Trump has yet to pick a favorite candidate in the June 14 primary, and the Republican Jewish Coalition traditionally doesn’t intervene in intra-party contests. But Brog has received the backing of former Trump administration officials, David Friedman, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Elan Carr, the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism, who co-hosted a virtual fundraiser for him last week. The National Republican Congressional Committee placed him on their list of seats it hopes to pick up in the midterm elections.

Jacob Kornbluh

Jacob Kornbluh is the Forward’s senior political reporter. Follow him on Twitter @jacobkornbluh or email [email protected].

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