Category Archives: Jewish Vote

NY18 – Poll Shows Hayworth With 4 Point Lead Over Rep. Maloney

nan hayworthA survey conducted by Gravis Marketing for conservative publication Human Events shows former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth leading incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) by four points. In a rematch in November, Republican Hayworth would garner 44% of the vote compared to Congressman  Maloney’s 40% share of the vote. 16% remain undecided.

Both candidates have positive favorability ratings. Hayworth has a 41/40 favorable  opinion, while Congressman Maloney has a 37/34 favorable opinion. Read more »

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Hillary Clinton Issues Strong Defense Of Israel’s Ground Op During Twitter Q&A

SCHUMER-hillary-CLINTONHillary Clinton on Monday repeatedly stressed that Israel was “provoked” by Hamas in the current conflict roiling the Middle East, offering among her strongest statements yet concerning the war in Gaza, Politico reports.

The former secretary of state defended Israel during a question-and-answer session at the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. The session was moderated by Katie Stanton, Twitter’s vice president of global media who previously served on the innovation team at the State Department during Clinton’s tenure there. Read more »

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UK’s Jewish Labor Pary Head, Milliband Opposes Israel’s Ground Op in Gaza

ed miliband meets NetanyahuNone other than the British Labor Party chairman, Ed Miliband, who’s Jewish, said Monday he opposes Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza.

Miliband met with President Barack Obama and National Security Adviser Susan Rice at the White House Monday afternoon, and told the Huffington Post, following the meeting, that Gaza was among the issues discussed. Read more »

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2016 – Rand Paul’s Jewish Charm Offensive Bearing Fruits

Paul and Rabbi Nate Segal after the meeting

Paul and Rabbi Nate Segal after the meeting

In a lengthy profile of Sen, Rand Paul’s charm offensive in the Jewish community over the past year, gearing up for a WH run, the National Journal reports of Paul’s political operation capitalizing on his recent pro-Israel speech on the Senate, e-mailing copies of it to a host of influential Jewish and pro-Israel Republicans across the United States.

This entire episode serves as a prime example of Paul’s aggressive outreach efforts to the Jewish community Read more »

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Cuomo Leads Astorino By 37 Points; Loses Some ground Among Jewish Voters

NYGov Astorino CuomoFifteen weeks until Election Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo maintains an undefeatable 37-point lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino (60-23), according to the latest Siena College Poll of likely voters. 59 percent say Cuomo has made New York a better place to live, compared to 15 percent who say he’s made it worse and 21 percent who say it has remained the same as it was four years ago. Read more »

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Hispanic-Jewish Woman Makes Waves in Fla. As Crist’s Running Mate

annette - Charlie crist running mateThe front-runner in Florida’s Democratic race for governor, Charlie Crist, announced Thursday that his running mate will be Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, a Colombian-American, Jewish business owner and Miami-Dade Democratic Party chairwoman.

As reported by the Palm Beach Post, Taddeo-Goldstein, 47, appeared at a news conference and emphasized her background as a small-business owner and working mother. Read more »

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NYGov – Jewish New Yorkers Blast Teachout For Hiring Anti-Israel Consultant

zephyr TeachoutProminent members of the Jewish community in New York on Sunday ripped Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout for hiring an anti-Israel consultant. The story was first reported by JP.

According to our report, published last Wednesday, Teachout, a law professor who has is running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the September gubernatorial primary, spent as much as two thirds of her total spending to pay consulting fees to a controversial figure accused of anti-Israel views. Read more »

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Sen. Warren Refuses To Comment On Israel’s Ground Op In Gaza [Video]

warren obamaWhile walking through the halls of the progressive Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, Michicgan, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) refused to comment on about Israel’s ground operation in Gaza.

“Senator, as you know, Israel invaded Gaza today and we just wanted to get your thoughts on that,” Capitol City Project’s Joe Schoffstall asked the talked about possible presidential candidate in 2016. Read more »

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NY18- Rep. Maloney Under Investigation By FAA Over Use Of Drone At Wedding Last Month

maloneyThe Federal Aviation Administration indicated Wednesday that it is investigating whether a video of congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s same-gender wedding last month violated the agency’s ban on drone flights for commercial purposes.

The agency’s carefully worded statement doesn’t mention Maloney by name, but said it was looking into “a report of an unmanned aircraft operation in Cold Spring, New York, on June 21 to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations or airspace restrictions.” Read more »

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Hillary Clinton Opposes Israel’s Ground Operation In Gaza [Video]

Hillary And Suha Credit UnknownFormer U.S. Secretary of State and potential frontrunner for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton would not say whether she supports Israel’s expansion of Operation protective Edge and the entry of ground troops into the Gaza Strip.

In an interview with Charlie Rose on Thursday, Clinton elaborated how she had negotiated a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians in 2012 and the steps she took to avoid an IDF incursion of Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense. Read more »

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CA33 – Observant Jewish Republican Elan Carr Outraises Democrat in Waxman District

elan carrElan Carr, the Republican nominee vying for the 33rd District congressional seat being vacated by Democratic icon Henry Waxman, raised $434,873 in the second fundraising quarter of 2014, according to FEC reports filed Tuesday.

Carr, an Orthodox Jew, finished the quarter with $245,822 cash-on-hand, while his Democratic rival Ted Lieu trails with $204,438. Read more »

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Arizona Jewish Congressional Candidate Mistakes YMCA Campers For Migrant Children

Adam-KwasmanArizona’s Jewish Republican 1st congressional district candidate and state legislator, Adam Kwasman, on Tuesday protested the expected arrival of dozens of migrant children at a shelter. The problem: They were YMCA campers.

Kwasman tweeted from the scene, “Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law.” He included a photo of the back of a yellow school bus. Read more »

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NYGov – Former Koppell Staffer Fired Over Anti-Israel Views Consulting For Teachout’s Campaign

zephyr TeachoutZephyr Teachout, a law professor who has is running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the September gubernatorial primary, spent as much as two thirds of her total spending to pay consulting fees to a controversial figure, accused of anti-Israel views, during the July periodic filing period.

Teachout reported spending a total of $91,050, which included two payments (one for $25,250 and one for $35,550) that added up to $60,800 to Patch In Strategies.

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NYGov – Cuomo Reaches Out To Jewish Donors and Voters

CuomoPer July 15th filings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo drew individual donations from a variety of Jewish real estate, financial and entertainment elites, including $40,000 from Michael Steinhardt, $60,000 from Eli Broad, and $50,000 from Steven Spielberg & Jeffrey Katzenberg each…

Seeking to shore up his standing with Jewish voters, Cuomo also spent $11,419 for print ads in the Jewish papers across the state. That includes about $7000 in Read more »

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Cruz: Obama Must Press The Palestinians To Embrace Israel over Iran [Video]

Ted CruzU.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday ripped the Obama administration for pressuring Israel to make even more security concessions to the Palestinians while terrorist rockets rain down from Gaza. Speaking on the Senate floor, Cruz argued that the United States should support Israel’s efforts to construct aggressive defensive measures such as the security barrier and the Iron Dome missile defense system that have made Israeli civilians safer. Read more »

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NYS2014 – AG Schneiderman Leads In Money Game Ahead Of Reelection Bid

Schneiderman at JCRCAttorney General Eric Schneiderman, who some believed he’ll have a tough reelection bid, reported raising $2.6 million between January and July, exceeding the $2.1 million he raised in the previous filing period.

Schneiderman now has $7.9 million on hand in his campaign war chest. The campaign said it purchased ahead of time $1 million worth of television advertising time for the fall in five major New York State media markets. Read more »

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NY01 – Zeldin Trailing Bishop In Money Game As Chances For An Upset Rises

Lee ZeldinNY State Sen. Lee Zeldin, a Jewish Republican, is trailing in the money game way behind Democratic incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in NY’s first congressional district.

Zeldin, vying to become in January Congress’ only Jewish Republican, following Erioc Cantor’s defeat, reported only $136,359 cash on hand, while 6-term Congressman Bishop reported having $1.1 million in the bank at the end of June, according to their filings with the Federal Election Commission today. Read more »

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Hillary Clinton On The Daily Show: Hamas Is A ‘Violent Resistance’

Photo/AP

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(AP). Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Jon Stewart no hints about whether she will run for president, but acknowledged during Tuesday’s taping of “The Daily Show” that the speculation surrounding her possible candidacy has become “a cottage industry.”

Stewart introduced Clinton by saying, “She’s here solely for one reason: to publicly and definitively declare her candidacy for president of the United States I think.” Read more »

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NYGov – Cuomo Raises $8.5M; Spends $11K+ In Jewish Ads, Astorino $0

NYGov Astorino CuomoGovernor Andrew Cuomo has $35 million on hand in his reelection campaign against a relatively unknown Republican challenger, already spending $6.8 million so far on ads and other campaign activities, according to filings made with the state Board of Elections.

Cuomo raised $8.5 million over the past six months. Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino reported a mere $2.4 million on hand. Read more »

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U.S. Senate Panel Doubles Money, Initially Allocated By Obama, For Israel’s Iron Dome

iron dome(AP). Congress is showing tangible support for longtime ally Israel as Gaza militants fire rockets, backing a measure that would double the amount of money for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee approved a defense spending bill on Tuesday that would provide $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense, including $351 million for the Iron Dome system that intercepts short-range rockets Read more »

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Poll: A Majority of Americans Sympathize With Israel Over The Palestinians

Flags US-IsraelAs violence between Israel and Hamas shows no signs of ending, the sympathies of the American public continue to be with Israel rather than the Palestinians, a new PEW Research poll shows.

51% of Americans say that in the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, they sympathize more with Israel. Just 14% sympathize more with the Palestinians, while 15%  sympathize with neither side and 3% sympathize with both. Read more »

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Report: Bill Clinton Leaves Bad Taste With Borderline Anti-Semitic Joke

Bill and Hillary ClintonAn overlooked joke that Bill Clinton told to a crowd of Jewish Republicans about Jews has now resurfaced in a new book, as his wife Hillary mulls a run for the White House.

The joke — which Clinton reportedly told at the 2003 Preakness Stakes in Baltimore — describes two Jews walking by a church that is offering $100 to people who convert. Abe, one of the Jews, takes the cash and promises to give Read more »

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Columnist: Jewish Donors Should Not Fear, Rather Anticipate, President Rand Paul

sen rand paul - beis medrash gevoha“Had the famously libertarian Paul been president instead of Barack Obama or George W. Bush, he wouldn’t have stopped Israel from taking out Iran’s nuclear bomb capabilities when the taking was easy. Iran, as a result, would have been greatly diminished, rather than ascendant as it now is, in control of much of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon and in pursuit of others,” writes columnist Lawrence Solomon, as Jewish donors are still taking distance of Sen. Rand Paul’s longstanding reputation for isolationism. Read more »

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Jewish Republicans Still Bummed By Cantor’s Loss

Eric-Cantor-Tefilin-ChabadEric Cantor stepping down following a stunning primary loss is irking Republicans Jews and pro-Israel supporters that they are left without any effective Jewish representation in Congress for the first time in more than 50 years.

“Sometimes, a Jewish person just wants to be able to go to Congress and speak with a Jewish person,” Republican donor Beverly Goldstein told The New York Times. “And Chuck Schumer is not it for us.” Read more »

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Christie: Obama’s To Blame In Mideast Unrest; Urges President To ‘Stand Up’ For Israel

Governor-Christie-Kippa1-300x256New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday partly blamed the recent unrest in the Middle East and the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza on President Barack Obama.

Speaking to reporters during a meeting of the National Governors Association, Christie said Obama has not spoken firmly and forcefully on Israel’s behalf and that the country no longer trusts it has the full support of the United States because of him. Read more »

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