Hmong congressional candidate wants ties with Israel

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
May 4, 2012 02:25

SAN FRANCISCO – A Californian aiming to be the first representative of Hmong descent in the US Congress expressed strong support for Israel in an interview Thursday with The Jerusalem Post.

Democrat Blong Xiong is running in the newly formed 21st district that covers Fresno and Bakersfield, a region that is at least half Latino but also has many Jews. The primary will be held June 5 and the top-two finishers, regardless of party, will face off on November 6.

Blong said that, if elected, he would want to focus on foreign affairs and visit Israel. He expressed an affinity for the Jewish state and the Jewish people in Israel and the US.

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