Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanks to NY9 -The awakening of a new political force - The Jewish Vote

UPDATE: Looks like somebody got the message:
AP reports: Democrats are crafting a campaign strategy for Vice President Joe Biden that targets the big three political battlegrounds: Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, states where Biden might be more of an asset to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign than the president himself.

Obama won all three states in 2008. But this time he faces challenges in each, particularly in Ohio and Florida, where voters elected Republican governors in the 2010 midterm elections.

The president sometimes struggles to connect with Ohio and Pennsylvania's white working-class voters, and Jewish voters who make up a core constituency for Florida Democrats and view him with skepticism.

Biden has built deep ties to both groups during his four decades in national politics, connections that could make a difference.

As a long-serving member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden cemented his reputation as an unyielding supporter of Israel, winning the respect of many in the Jewish community. And Biden's upbringing in a working class, Catholic family from Scranton, Pa., gives him a valuable political intangible: He empathizes with the struggles of blue-collar Americans because his family lived those struggles.

Behind the scenes, he's working the phones with prominent Jewish groups and Catholic organizations in those states, a Democratic official said.

New York Rep. Steve Israel, who chairs the committee, said he believes Biden could be a "game-changer" in those districts.
Earlier the Week Romney made some headlines as the emerging Republican candidate courting the Jewish vote up for grabs.

As reported by Yossi Gestetner:
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is expected to visit Borough Park Brooklyn in December to meet with a group of wealthy Orthodox Jewish donors to familiarize with them and to discuss issues of concern to the Orthodox Jewish community. But of course, in politics nothing is free: Team Romney is expected to pick up $100,000 in contributions during the “meet.”
The  NY post on Saturday took note of the Presidential candidates finally courting the orthodox Jewish community if not for their votes, at least for their money and attention.
"Taking a page from Bob Turner, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is looking to become the chosen one.

Romney is aggressively courting New York’s growing, conservative Orthodox Jewish communities for votes and campaign cash in the wake of the anti-Obama backlash that helped elect Republican Turner to Congress from a Queens/Brooklyn district.

Romney, a Mormon, is expected to hold a fund-raiser in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn next month — the heart of New York’s Orthodox Jewish community, according to Gestetner Updates, a Jewish political news blog.

Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman have also held events with city’s religious Jews.

Rep. Turner said the GOP candidates have taken notice of how conservative, religious Jews came out in force to elect him over Democratic David Weprin, an Orthodox Jew, to repudiate Obama’s policies. The seat, formerly held by Anthony Weiner, who resigned following a sexting scandal, was once considered a safe Democratic seat.

“It’s an important recognition of what happened in my race. This is an awakening of a new political force. The Jewish community is a force to be reckoned with,” Turner said.

“They have exerted real political muscle. They were a deciding factor in my election. They went to my side in a very large way.”

Turner, who has remained neutral in the GOP presidential race, said "the attention from the candidates is good for the Jewish community because it means the candidates will be responsive to their concerns — particularly on US policy toward Israel."
Now it turns out that the Romney's camp took another example from the successful Bob Turner campaign. The first mailer sent out in Iowa, has the famous Obama photo shown talking on the Phone with Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the legs on the oval office desk - that angered the pro Israel-Jewish community, and that Turner used in his mailer to urge the orthodox Jewish community to vote. 

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