Reed Slams Plumb Over Iranian Deal, Plumb Says Reed Is Unqualified

July 19, 2016

Congressman Tom Reed sent out a statement on Monday, criticizing his Jamestown Democrat opponent John Plumb, a former Defense Department official who Reed maintains, worked on President Obama’s Iranian Deal. Reed said that it was a “year of failure,” and that “our world is in more danger because of Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal.” See Reed’s statement below:

Corning—On the anniversary of the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, the Reed campaign is pointing out the dismal and destructive results of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. “Instead of taking care of our families and creating policies which keep our nation safe, President Obama endangered our nation, our ally Israel, and our entire world with the Iran Nuclear Deal,” said Tom Reed. “Now, a year later, we are seeing the danger we warned Obama about.”
Iran is threatening Israel, they are not abiding by the deal, and sanction relief is helping terrorists.
“DC John Plumb has stood by the Iran Nuclear Deal even though it put our world in a dangerous position that unfairly compromises the security of the American people,” stated Amy Hasenberg, Tom Reed for Congress Spokeswoman. “While Plumb worked in the White House helping create disastrous foreign policy, the Iran Nuclear Deal was created.” Plumb held a political position in Obama’s White House working on foreign policy until last year when he moved here to run for Congress.
• October 2015: Netanyahu warns Iran is building terrorist organizations (The Washington Post, Netanyahu warns that Iran is building terrorist cells worldwide, October 1, 2015).
• November 2015: Iran sentences an American journalist to prison after arresting him in October 2014 for espionage (Reuters,Iran says Washington Post reporter Rezaian sentenced to prison, November 22, 2015)
• January 2016:
o Obama uses an executive order to remove Iranian sanctions (USA Today, Obama signs executive order revoking Iran nuclear sanctions, January 16, 2016)
o The Obama Administration states American sanction relief for Iran “will end up in the hands of the IRGC [Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps] or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists,” said John Kerry (The Hill, Kerry: Some Iran sanctions relief will go to terrorists, January 21, 2016)
• March 2016: Iran test fires ballistic missiles including one with the phrase, “Israel should be wiped off the Earth” written in Hebrew (USA Today, Reports: Iran fires missile marked with ‘Israel should be wiped out’, March 9, 2016).
• July 2016:
o The United Nations reports Iran’s Nuclear Tests are inconsistent with the Iran Nuclear Deal (Reuters, Iran Missile tests ‘not consistent’ with nuclear deal spirit: United Nations, July 7, 2016,
o German Intelligence reports Iran possibly violated the Iran Nuclear Agreement (CNN, German Intelligence: Iran May have tried to violate nuclear deal, July 8, 2016)
o Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy gets unnecessarily close to U.S. Central Command ship (CNN, Iranian boats approach Centcom commander’s ship, July 12, 2016)

John Plumb said that it is disappointing that Congressman Reed continues to attack his service to the country.” I have spent more than twenty years in the Navy, putting to practice the hard work and dedication it takes to ensure the safety of our families here at home and the security of our allies around the world. I have spent countless hours in the Pentagon working to defend the United States, Israel, and our NATO Allies from Iranian missile attack to keep us safe. In contrast, Congressman Tom Reed has chosen to spend his time on partisan political attacks, including trying to shut down the Department of Homeland Security and defending the right of suspected terrorists to legally purchase military-grade weapons in the United States. When it comes to the security of the United States and our allies, Congressman Reed is dangerously unqualified.”