Friday, June 29, 2012

Mitt Romney, New York is America's Israel!

The Romney campaign is exploring the possibility of scheduling a fundraiser event in Israel with a high-level surrogate — something that would appear to be a first in American politics, multiple Republican officials told The Daily.

"A Romney event in Israel could carry symbolic importance beyond whatever money it raises," The Daily's Dan Hirschhorn writes. "Even liberal Americans living in Israel often lean conservative on Middle East policy, and could be receptive to a Romney pitch.

“Israel obviously has a huge number of expats,” one Republican involved in the planning said, “and in this particular race we think they’ll be quite motivated.” 

While a Romney event in Israel might make some national news and the possibility of ramping up some crucial support from the 150,000 eligible voters living in Israel, especially by those that come from battleground states, it is still obvious to acknowledge that besides of the money raised, this event or another won't have a direct impact on the state of the race.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

At Record High - 1/4 of Brooklyn's Population are Jewish

Brooklyn has now become the largest home for the Jewish people in Diaspora, outside of Israel. A new study by UJA federation of New York has found that nearly one in four Brooklynites are Jews - making the borough home to the most Jews of any county in the country, the NY Daily News reports.

23 percent of Brooklyn’s 2.4 million residents (561,000), are Jewish; up from 18% in 2002, the study found. In general, Jews make up 13% of NYC's population.


“When people are running for office, the needs of the Orthodox community have to be addressed,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park) said. “We really count more than ever before.”

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Turning Back - A Disappointing Night for New York

In what I describe as a disappointing result, Congressman Bob Turner lost last night the senatorial primary to another Washington insider, and an unknown figure to the Jewish community, Wendy Long.

The results are disappointing due to the fact that turnout in the city was at an unprecedented low level. Only 4 percent of registered Republicans actually showed up to vote. Which is considerably low, compared to the low 12 percent turnout in the Democratic party's primaries, that were more contested, but wouldn't of made any difference in terms of party affiliation, with an exception to Barron.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Let's Talk Dogri: The Mutual Jewish-Republican Alliance

I will not elaborate on the NY GOP/Yossi Gestetner story, since there is a lot of misinformation being provided out there. I'll leave the explaining to do, for Yossi Gestetner, who by himself is an outspoken and straightforward shooter. 

I would like to touch on a different angle, which I assume is the point the liberal Media (hungry for gossip) and those Liberal Jewish media outlets are trying to bring out; and that is to achieve two goals - 1. to portray the Republican party as out of touch with the mainstream Jewish community, when it comes to the support of Israel; 2. Question the readiness of the Republican party to adopt a pro-Jewish approach and the right outreach tools, to be seen as a comfortable home for all sectors within the Orthodox Jewish community.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

jewish Community Throws Support behind Bob Turner for Senate

New York-June 20...The Jewish Voice, the nation's largest Jewish classifieds, today endorsed Bob Turner in the Republican primary for United States Senate.

Below is the full endorsement:
It was just over nine months ago when a sole Republican generated a political earthquake in Washington, D.C.

Bob Turner, once an unknown Catholic businessman, unexpectedly defeated Democratic Candidate David Weprin- an Orthodox Jewish politician- by a significant margin to secure a seat held by Democrats for over eighty years. The stunning victory made national headlines, particularly due to the fact that an overwhelming majority of Jewish voters- an historically Blue voting bloc- rallied for a Republican candidate. The election results were largely cast as a popular message to President Obama on his disappointing performance while in office (in terms of fostering Israel-American relations and improving the economy).

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bob Turner Impresses Voters in NY Senatorial Debate

 This is Michael Vass, reporter for the Examiner' take-away from the YNN/NY1 New York Republican Senatorial debate, this past Sunday:
"Our overall conclusion, based on taking a position solely on the performance in the debate like many voters do, would be that Rep. Bob Turner was the most impressive of the candidates. His presentation was generally direct, answering most of the questions with a completeness and avoiding any vaguaries in the answer. He seemed the most decisive and self-assured."

"Attorney Wendy Long was a close rival to Rep. Turner. While not as polished, there was no question as to her passion on issues like the economy, taxes, and healthcare. At the same time, certain answers indicated that Long as Senator would not help to alleviate the partisan gridlock that has made the current Congress a vast wasteland of ineffective finger-pointers."

Rush: "We want [Turner] to win this seat. He'd be great in the Senate."

Rush Limbaugh on his radio program today, praised Congressman Bob Turner as a solid guy with the perefect Temperrmanet. He also expressed his support in Bob Turner as the Republican Senatorial  candidate, challenging Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the fall. 
Below is the transcript:
"Snerdley, do you remember Bob Turner? Bob Turner was the president of Multimedia, which was a company that syndicated TV programs, and they syndicated mine in 1992 through 1996. Bob Turner was the president, and it was Bob Turner that chased Roger Ailes and me down one night at 21 with the idea of doing a show. He was a great guy. He is a great guy. And he has the perfect temperament. I mean, the guy knew what he was getting into. Almost. (laughing) He sized it up real quickly, and he was as loyal as the day is long. 

Gillibrand vs. Patriotic American Kids - The Story of a GilliTracker

Is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand so concerned that she might face a tough reelection bid, challenged by Congressman Bob Turner? well, it seems like the popular Senator of NY is a little more than puzzled by the idea that the 'national hero' Congressman Bob Turner, is the favorite Republican Candidate to challenge her in the fall, to hold her accountable for her liberal record in DC and close alliance with President Obama.

Congressman Bob Turner was yesterday invited to a protest that  had been organized by parents at PS 90 in Coney Island. They were outraged after principal Greta Hawkins banned kindergartners from performing the "God Bless the USA" song at their graduation ceremony. 

Monday, June 18, 2012


Mayor Giuliani described it best, the shellacking the President got from Bob Turner's stunning victory in NY-9 last fall. 
"At the Brooklyn GOP dinner, Rudy Giuliani was praising Congressman Bob Turner, who delivered a shock to the political system when he beat out Democrat Eric Weprin to take the seat that had been held by Anthony Wiener. 

“It was an unbelievable shot in the, I know I can say it in Brooklyn but I’m not sure I can say it in a microphone, It was a shot right in the, boom, man, man, wow.” 

“For six days, Obama was talking with a higher voice” Giuliani says, before making high-pitched yelps to the crowd’s delight."


Friday, June 15, 2012

Israelis Distrust Obama, Eager for President Romney

(via Jpost since i'm traveling). The fact that Israelis have conflicted attitudes toward US President Barack Obama came out loud and clear in a poll released on Thursday.

The survey – commissioned by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, the Bar-Ilan University Center for International Communication and the Anti-Defamation League – found that while 51 percent of Israeli Jews believe Obama is “friendly” or “very friendly” toward Israel, more people think the expected Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, would better promote Israel’s interests.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Brooklyn Makes Headlines Again: It's the Jewish Vote vote, stupid!

'The Power of the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish vote' - is the headline, in one of the largest forum's in Israel, Bechadrei Charedim. Describing the latest development in Brooklyn, in which the Republican party has taken a strong lead among Orthodox voters, and have managed to reach out and invest in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community as well as Modern-Orthodox and secular Jewish voters, a once Democratic stronghold voting bloc.

As Chris Bragg reported yesterday Ringel has been hired as newly minted Republican Sen. David Storobin’s community liaison. The hiring decision was confirmed by Republican operative Michael Fragin, who himself just joined Storobin’s re-election campaign as a top adviser.

The State Republicans topped Monsey’s own voice of the ultra-Orthodox community as director of Jewish outreach for the New York State Republican Party. Yossi Gestetner, who writes the blog Gestetner Updates and tweets, often speaks to the media about issue in the Hasidic Jewish community in Rockland and New York City.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Prominent Democrats Unite Against ‘One of Their Own’

My Story on the Front page of this week's Jewish Voice Newspaper:

In a rare move, two weeks before the congressional primaries, Democratic elected officials and community leaders gathered to denounce a candidate - who is currently the favorite to win the Democratic primaries and get elected to Congress - with the harshest words ever used in a political campaign.

At a press conference outside the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan, Monday morning organized by Councilman David G. Greenfield, Mayor Ed Koch was joined by Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Councilman Mike Nelson and a number of community leaders to denounce Councilman Charles Barron as an enemy of the State of Israel and the Jewish community.

Republican Storobin: I'm with the People of the Jewish Senate District

Below are some excerpt of State Senator Storobin's exclusive interview with Hamodia, announcing State Senate reelection bid in newly drawn Super Jewish District.

“I am very happy that I won the previous election. I think it was a big victory for the Jewish community. I think it was a big victory for all of those who subscribe to conservative values, and I think that we need to continue. We won with Bob Turner in September; we won on March 20; and I believe we will win again in November.”

A Jewish Republican for the Super Jewish District

It's been a long time coming, but tonight I can confidently express my joy and hopeful feelings to the fact that a Jewish Republican has chosen to run for a seat that has never been at reach, to represent NYC's orthodox Jewish population in the NYS Senate.

Following his recent stunning victory, elected to State Senate with a 13 vote margin, now it’s official: State Senator David Storobin will run for reelection in a new, heavily Orthodox Jewish State Senate district. The Hamodia‘s widely-read weekend edition will report today, that his primary Republican opposition, attorney Nachman Caller, will drop out of the race and endorse Mr. Storobin, clearing his path to the GOP nomination.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Poll: Bob Turner Readies Run against Gillibrand as GOP Favorite

New York --With two weeks to go before the state’s Republican senatorial primary, 70 percent of registered Republican voters have not decided who they’re voting for, a New Siena research poll released this morning finds.

Bob Turner leads the field among those expressing their support for either one of the candidates, with 16%.

"The Republicans we spoke with and who are reported here represent the universe of registered Republicans in New York (201 Republicans overall in the sample MOE +6.9%), not the small fraction of whom are likely to vote in two weeks," Siena's pollster, Steve Greenberg told me this morning. "But it is clear that most NY Republicans don’t know much, if anything, about any of the three candidates. Among only Republicans, Long’s favorability rating is 10-8, Maragos is 6-9 and Turner is 18-12," he added.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Romney's Adviser on Romney's Foreign Policy: Expect a New Sheriff in Town

In a wide ranging interview with Haaretz, Former Ambassador Richard Williamson tells Chemi Shalev, that Mitt Romney will make military threats against Iran credible, when elected President. "When Mitt Romney is president, Iran will understand that there is a new sheriff in town," he says.

Below are some excerpt from the interview with regard to Romney's foreign policy positions vs. President Obama's record.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Republican Bob Turner will Beat Senator Gillibrand in the Orthodox Jewish Community

Elections are coming up in New York, and guess what? Senator Gillibrand has remembered to visit the Orthodox Jewish community in Borough Park. The Orthodox community has sent shock-waves to the Democratic party and nationwide when it voted for the first Republican since the 1920's - Congressman Bob Turner in the special election to replace Anthony Weiner's seat. And recently Republican , David Storobin won the NY Senate race in a heavily Democratic stronghold.

Now Congressman Bob Turner, is running to represent New York in the US Senate, a win that will not only unseat the most liberal senator in the Senate, but will also send a strong fiscal and national message to Obama and the Democrats, that their time is over. It might also shift the Senate power to the Republicans, making it easier for the Elected Republican President to repeal Obamacare, reverse the Obama regulations and fix the economy. In the worst scenario the Senate and the Congress will serve as a Check balance to a reelected President.

Gallup Poll: Romney's Support Among Jewish Voters - Highest Since Reagan

Public Opinion Polls continue to show a close race in November, with numerous polls showing Mitt Romney with a slight lead in 2 of the critical battleground state - Florida and Ohio.

A recent Quinnipiac poll had Romney leading the president in Florida by a 47-41 margin, and in the latest bi-partisan Purple Strategies poll of battleground states, Romney is leading the President in Ohio by 3 percentage points and in Florida by 4

Much of that can be attributed to the Jewish vote, both in Ohio and Florida, in which the Jewish vote makes up 5-8 percent of the electorate on Election Day.

Consistent with other poll data, President Obama now leads Mitt Romney among registered Jewish voters 64% to 29%, according to the latest Gallup poll. That's a 14 point decline in support for the President since 2008, and a 7 point increase in support for the Republican candidate, since John McCain's 22 percent on election day. 

While Obama now at 46% is down among all registered voters by 5%, among Jewish voters he is down 10 points since Gallup's last poll in 2008. According to Gallup, 83% of Jewish registered voters say they definitely will vote, which put's Obama at around 60% of the vote, compared to Romney's 30%. This is currently the highest portion of Jewish votes for a Republican candidate since Reagen in 1984.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New York Dems Dump Obama

Here's my piece that i wrote last week for the Brooklyn GOP Radio Blog:

I'm not taking any quote out of context -these are New York Democrats who have nothing supposedly to lose by embracing their party's leader, President Barack Obama. Yet, some are running away (or at least shying away)  from embracing the leader of their party. 

Wonder why? What the Brooklyn GOP has accomplished in recent elections might be the answer. Or at the very least, focusing on the President's record of failure and "leading from behind" may have something to do with it. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

BBC find The Republican's Home Turf in Brooklyn - Brighton Beach

Kings county has now 5 Republican elected officials, and the BBC's 'from our own Correspondent' reporter, 
"While most of the city is pro-Obama, there is a corner of New York that traditionally votes Republican - the city's holiday destination, Brighton Beach. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Felder 2008 in English - For Obama; Felder 2012 in Hebrew - For McCain

It used to be Yasser Arafat's tactic to say something nice about peace and warm relations with Israel in English, but then call for Jihad and war with Israel, to his people in Arabic. Well, it turns out that politician's are inclined to use the same method, run away from their record and previous statements, in order to get elected. 

The Democratic candidate for the new State Senate 'Super Jewish' District in Brooklyn, Simcha Felder told the Israeli/Orthodox weekend magazine Bakehila in Hebrew, that his public support for Barack Obama in the 2008 democratic primaries over the favorite Hillary Clinton was taken out of context. "I was supportive of Senator John McCain for President," he told the magazine. 

Romney Gives Obama a Well Deserved 'F' on Foreign Policy

Mitt Romney in a newly adopted feisty mode, gave President Obama an “F” grade on foreign policy -“across the board” when the governor was asked about Obama’s performance in office during an interview with CBS News.