An authoritative source informs THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the Democratic Senator from North Carolina, Kay Hagan, has asked J Street to remove her name from the host committee for its inaugural Israel-bashing conference this weekend featuring anti-Semite Salam "Zionism is Nazism" Al-Maryati. This is probably a smart move for a Democrat in a purple state with no obvious anti-Israel constituency. Still, Hagan's name remains on the list published by J Street on its website. THE WEEKLY STANDARD has twice requested comment from Hagan staffers today. Her office hasn't said anything one way or the other -- it's certainly not an endorsement of J Street that members of Congress continue to duck questions and distance themselves from the group. Hagan's defection would bring the total number of members who have pulled their support for J Street to 13. We will update this post when Hagan's gets back to us with a statement. Update: The Plum Line's Greg Sargent gets confirmation from J Street: Hagan's out. The updated list of 13 senators and representatives who have now yanked their support: Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR) Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) Rep. John Salazar (D-CO) Rep. Ed Towns (D-NY) Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) I understand that list will grow over the weekend...
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