Just two days before being sworn in, Lee Zeldin appeared on Fox News and was asked about the speech House majority whip Steve Scalise gave to a white supremacists group in Louisiana in 2002, while serving in the state’s House of Representatives.
He had the rare moment of redeeming one his Republican colleagues, but instead, he blamed the media for failing to mention it occurred a decade earlier, denouncing Steve Scalise of any wrongdoing.Read more »
State Senate Democrats are unhappy with the news regarding Jeff Klein and his Independent Democratic Conference merging with Senate Republicans.
Klein is to be the co-leader of the Senate GOP-IDC coalition, but Deal Skelos will be the only one with the Senate president title. Klein will also have little power, unable to have a formal say in the bills coming up for vote.Read more »
Jewish Republican congressional candidate Bruce Blakeman just returned from an uplifting trip to Israel, a tradition for many congressional and gubernatorial candidates, especially those vying to represent a large Jewish constituency.
His Democratic opponent, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, running in NY’s 4th congressional district that includes the Five Towns with a prominent Jewish population, also visited Israel recently. But for Blakeman, 58, the visit to Israel was more personal and in a more joyful manner.
As reported two weeks ago,Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he received an invitation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Israel. The governor said he is considering to travel to Israel, his first overseas visit since he became governor, especially in these challenging times for Israel.
During our conversation with Westchester County Executive and Republicans gubernatorial hopeful, Rob Astorino, we asked whether he is considering a visit to Israel during the campaign season. Read more »
Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stepped up his 5-year-long campaign against the nuclearization of Iran. On Sunday, Netanyahu gave one-on-one interviews with media outlets of the P5+1 countries warning against a weak deal with Iran.Read more »
Nothing has changed dramatically since the government passed the 3 controversial bills last week, other than Netanyahu continues to be leading into a 4th term and Labor’s leader Isaac Herzog is establishing himself as a candidate for prime Minister, according to the latest poll conducted by Panels Politics and commissioned by The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew-language sister publication Sof Hashavua.
If Knesset elections were to be held today, Likud Beitenu would maintain its edge with 34 projected seats while the Labor Party would boost its representation in the 120-seat Knesset from 15 to 19 seat.
The year 2013 had more problems that the Chinese knockoff version of the Obamacare website, trying to be accessed through a BlackBerry device, in North Korea, during one of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s drunken stupors. You wanna know how bad 2013 was? Let’s put it this way: Remember how we were all assured that the world was going to end in 2011? Twice? And how we were guaranteed that it was gonna end in 2012? Well, 2013 was such a bad year, that not only was there no need for official notifications of apocalyptic proportions, but professional-doomsday-foreseer Harold Camping himself died this year!Read more »
In an blistering interview in the Yiddish language newspaper “Di Tzeitung – News Report”, Joseph Hayon the longshot Republican candidate running for city council in the 44th district against councilman David Greenfield, touted his qualifications for the job and hammered Greenfield for not being there enough for the community.
He named his experience as a school teacher, a tuition paying father of three, and a customer service specialist for a small business as qualifications which gives him a broad understanding of the needs and the hardships of this community.
London’s Mayor Boris Johnson has no plans to run as Conservative Leader in 2015. Instead, he says he will stay in office to the end of the current term which runs well into 2016:
Said Johnson in an exclusive interview with GestetnerUpdates.Com: “I have no such plans [to run for the leadership of the Conservatives]. I am working flat out now to get the Olympic legacy delivered here in London. I wan to make sure we get the benefit of all the billions we put into the games… I am staying Mayor for the rest of my mayoral term.”Read more »
In an exclusive interview with GestetnerUpdates.Com, London’s Mayor Boris Johnson pledged to come down hard on the people who harassed gays in London in the now infamous videos that circulated on the internet a month ago.
Mr. Johnson argues that the overall growth of the Muslim Community in London is not a problem to anyone but “I was concerned when I saw the report. I didn’t actually see the video but I saw several reports about these alleged incidences and I have taken it up with the Police. The people we are talking about are a group of extremists called Muslims Against the Crusade. By any stretch of the imagination they do not represent the majority of Muslims in London. We are determined to come down on them very hard. They are preaching doctrines of intolerance that we found absolutely unacceptable in London today.”
Our Editor, Yossi Gestetner and one of our own contributor’s, Jacob Kornbluh discuss the influence Jewish political blogs might have on local races in NY State, and in the long run – for the accountability of our elected officials, on ‘Let’s Talk Tachlis’ radio Show 08-21-2012:
Hours before NYC Councilman Dan Halloran released to the public that he will undergo surgery for a tumor, he kept his schedule for an exclusive interview with GestetnerUpdates.Com to discuss his run for New York’s Sixth Congressional District on the GOP and Conservative lines.
The race has generated a lot of public interest due to the three-way Primary on the Democratic side and the huge number of Jewish voters in the district. “All three of the major Democrats running, says Halloran, are in-line Obama Democrats. They have not bumped their party. They have followed down the line on all the issues that are important to the Communities.”Read more »
Andrew Boff, a leading Conservative Party Member in the London Assembly and close ally to Mayor Johnson tells GestetnerUpdates in an exclusive interview that former London Mayor Ken Livingstone‘s approach to Jews helped the sitting mayor in today’s elections.
Boff says Livingstone was not able to capitalize on the dissatisfaction voters have with the Conservative Party (of which Mayor Johnson is a member) because Livingstone “is a very divisive figure. He is trying to play ethnic politics too much and he can be quite insulting for example to the Jewish Community in London who is a very large part of the electorate… I think people have responded to that.”
Boff also said in the interview that Livingstone “has been particularly insulting – I don’t want to say Anti-Semitic, but not sensitive – to the different cultures in London. You have to be sensitive to all cultures in a job like that.”
Congressman Allen West tells GestetnerUpdates.com in an exclusive interview, that “you don’t actively go seek something like that [VP seat]. That is something what an egomaniacal person would do. I have a job as a congressional representative. If someone were to come to me asking to take that role, [then] that’s something I’ll have to pray about; talk with my family about; and with some other close people we have as friends and advisors, and then we will make the best decision for our country.”
In an exclusive interview today with GestetnerUpdates.com, Congressman Allen West was asked “would you support an overt military strike by the United States at this time?” His answer: “There comes a time when you have exhausted your diplomatic solutions and I see that happening.” When pressed if he thinks we have indeed exhausted all the options, Col. West said, “in my assessment yes. I would like to sit down with Netanyahu to have a classified intelligence sharing briefing and that could solidify my assessment.”
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, tells GestetnerUpdates.com in an exclusive interview that he “does not understand” why the Jewish Week backs Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D) in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District where Wurzelbacher himself is running on the Republican line.