Jewish Democrats seeking congressional seats fared better in Tuesday’s election than Jewish Republicans.
In New York’s 1st District in Suffolk County, incumbent Democrat Rep. Tim Bishop warded off a second challenge by Randy Altschuler, who would have been a second Jewish Republican in Congress. While their 2010 match was so close the results weren’t determined for weeks, Altschuler conceded just after midnight Wednesday, with the vote count at 52 percent to 48 percent, according to Newsday.
Rep. Alan Grayson was one of the new members of the Jewish delegation in the House – and he was one of the first defeated on this Bloody Tuesday for the Democrats.
Grayson, an outspoken liberal Democrat who sometimes suffered from foot-in-mouth disease, lost to Republican Daniel Webster in Florida's 8th district.
Grayson blamed low Democratic turnout, but his controversial statements – including a Holocaust allusion in the health care debate that got him in trouble with the ADL – were undoubtedly a big part of Tuesday's results.