The conservative group currently running an ad campaign attacking Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her visit to Syria was headed until January by Sam Fox, the Swift Boat Vets funder whom President Bush has appointed as Ambassador to Belgium.
Fox infamously gave $50,000 to the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth, which smeared Sen. John Kerry’s (D-MA) military service and claimed his combat medals were undeserved. Fox also served as National Chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) for six years. He stepped down in January after being nominated for the ambassadorship by President Bush.
Contacted by ThinkProgress, a spokeswoman for the RJC would not rule out that Fox was involved in the ad, saying only that “as far as I know,” Fox was not connected.
The RJC television ad on Pelosi highlights the baseless Washington Post editorial and contains no mention of the five Republicans who also traveled to Syria last week. The ad’s tag line: “Tough? No. Dangerous and very wrong.”