Steve Israel, a seven-term congressman, has been ranked by InsideGov as New York’s least effective member of Congress.
The report lists Israel among a group of congressional members seen as “exceptionally unexceptional.” Their analysis is quantified by an “effectiveness score,” a number representing “the percentage of bills sponsored by each congressperson over their time in office that went on to pass committee.
Israel’s score comes in at 1%, based on 2 bills out of 231 that passed committee since he joined Congress in 2001.
The NRCC released a statement:
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since when Israel isn’t busy voting to give himself a pay raise or voting seven times to close Guantanamo Bay, he’s been busy taking marching orders from Nancy Pelosi, who he’s voted with 97.5% of the time during the 114th Congress. With a liberal record like that, it doesn’t leave Israel much time to be an effective voice for his constituents in his moderate Long Island swing district.
But hey, at least Nancy is happy.
NRCC spokesman Chris Pack also went on the offensive, saying Israel “being ranked as New York State’s least effective congressman shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since he’s more worried about scoring brownie points with Nancy Pelosi than he is with representing his Long Island constituents.”
He added, “It’s impossible for Israel to present an effective legislative agenda for his moderate district when he’s grown so liberal over his 14-plus years in Congress.”
MenRec readers know of Israel’s general ineffectiveness, having overseen the disastrous Sean Eldridge campaign in 2014. It was so bad at one point that Eldridge staffers, who were provided bagels and cream cheese on a frequent basis by Israel, told him he could “shove his crappy bagels up his ass with the cream cheese.”