Rep. Marcy Kaptur co-chair of the Hungarian American Caucus is favored to be re-elected

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is a Democrat and she is representing Ohio’s 9th Congressional District.  The 74-years-old politician has served in Congress longer than any other woman in history. Her congressional career started in 1983 and in November she has a good chance to be re-elected for another 2-year term.

Her Republican challenger is 48-year-old Rob Weber, a lawyer, a West Point graduate and former Army captain who has never held elected office.  Weber’s views seem to be more conservative that the constituency of the 9th District and one of the issues he faces that he doesn’t even live in the District.  (US Election Law doesn’t require candidates to live in the district they run for or serve in Congress.)

Kaptur is a Catholic, a moderate Democrat and a native of Toledo, Ohio.  She frequently refuses to follow her party’s direction.  Her family has strong Polish immigrant roots and worship in the Little Flower Roman Catholic Church in her hometown.

In 2016 she refused to support Hillary Clinton, instead she endorsed Bernie Sanders.  In 2019 she was a strong supporter of the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

Behind the scenes Kaptur is a powerful Democrat, not only she chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, but also serves on the Defense Subcommittee and on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science. Previously she served on the Committees on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, Budget, Oversight and Government Reform, and Veterans’ Affairs.

Kaptur fears that Russia is trying to meddle in the US presidential campaign. “I don’t view Russia as a competitor,” she said “I view her as an enemy.”

In 2017 the Orbán Government attempted to woo Kaptur and awarded her the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit.  It didn’t work.  Last year in a letter to President Trump Kaptur strongly protested Orbán’s invitation to the White House.

Mr. Gergely Gulyás (right), Hungary’s Minister of the Prime Minister’s office with Rep. Kaptur. (Facebook photo of Rep. Kaptur)

“Prime Minister Orbán represents so many things that are antithetical to core American values. He has overseen a rollback of democracy in his country, used anti-Semitic and xenophobic tropes in his political messaging, and cozied up to Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. He has also suppressed independent media and academic freedom in an effort to consolidate his increasingly autocratic rule. It troubles us to see the President of our country, which has historically supported the protection and promotion of democracy and human rights worldwide, meeting with a man who so regularly disregards these values,” she wrote.

Kaptur enjoys strong support in the large Hungarian American community in Ohio, she is the co-chair of the Hungarian American Caucus in Congress and is favored to be re-elected.

György Lázár

5 Comments

  1. Avatar András B. Göllner says:

    It’s good to know that Marcy Kapur is not thrilled about the Artificial Blond Bomber’s embrace of the boy from Felcsut, but I’m not so sure about those American values that at least half of America itself is unwilling to follow let alone the squatter in the White House.

    Yes, Orbán is trampling on academic freedom, the media and encourages anti-Semitic hatred in Hungary by decorating its leading practitioners (e.g Bencsics, Bayer, Raffay) but his biggest crime – the one he shares with the man with the phoney suntan and hair in the White House – is the affinity fraud played on Hungary’s working men and women. It’s the destruction of the ability of ordinary men and women from being able to distinguish between illusion and reality that’s the biggest threat posed to all of us by the manufacturers of artificial reality in the 21st century. No wonder Orbán, Trump, Putin, “Chee” (what happened to Chong), Kim, Erdogan, and the Saudi meat grinder are the greatest of friends.

    American values had little trouble with slavery, Jim Crow, black bodies hanging from the poplar tree or with dictators like Batista or Papa Doc next door. American values aren’t very resistant to the fascist wannabee running against Biden. Marcy Kapur is not very resistant to the neo-fascist values embraced by most of her own colleagues on the Hungarian Caucus in Congress who are out and out supporters of the Hungarian autocrat.

  2. There is no such thing as a moderate democrat. A Biden administration would be just as destructive to Hungary’s reputation abroad as the previous Obama administration. Biden already started saying that the Hungarian and Polish democracy is destructive to US democracy. That is, of course, nonsense. Hungary can look forward for more slurs from the naive Biden. Soros, a globalist, who is upset for not named dictator of Hungary is one of Biden’s backers and Biden’s statement is payback for donations.

  3. Avatar Pierre Divenyi says:

    She looks like a very interesting and powerful person. A moderate Democrat who endorsed Bernie Sanders? Definitely a politician with her own ideas!

    Before the first world war Ohio was a destination for more Hungarian émigrés than New York. Cleveland was then the second largest Hungarian city of the world.

  4. Avatar Pierre Divenyi says:

    Dear Maria Von Theresa or whatever your real name is,

    Yes, there are many moderate Democrats, both in Congress and in state legislatures. You can check. On the other hand, except for the relatively small group in and behind the Lincoln Project, there are only right-wing, extreme right-wing, and super-extreme right-wing people in today’s Republican Party. Again, look at their actions and proposals, both in the Senate, the White House, and in states under their control. And those few among them who may be able to find Hungary on the map just love Orban who, as some of us know, is neither a moderate nor a democrat.

    Respectfully yours,
    Pierre Divenyi (my real name)

  5. Avatar András B. Göllner says:

    Well said Pierre ! As John and Paul said way back, Mother Theresa jumped the gun !!!

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