Republican Senate candidate Rick Lazio will seek to exploit the aftermath of a bitter Bronx primary battle when he campaigns in heavily Jewish Riverdale after the Sept. 12 election, The Jewish Week has learned.
The visit is intended to take advantage of what one Lazio campaign insider called “resentment” against Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has declined to take sides in the race pitting three-term incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel, who is Jewish, against African American challenger Larry Seabrook, a state senator.
Interviews with a dozen New York-area rabbis Tuesday afternoon revealed that many were still undecided whom to vote for in the Democratic primary just hours before the polls closed.
But there appeared to be a growing belief that many Orthodox and some Conservative Jewish Democrats would cross party lines in November to vote for Arizona Sen. John McCain, should he be the nominee, because of what they perceive as his strong, pro-Israel stance.
As two prominent Palestinian leaders announced plans to seek the presidency of the Palestinian Authority in elections Jan. 9 — one representing the younger generation and the other the “old guard” — Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon worked to keep his government in office while vowing to run for re-election should new elections be necessary next spring.
On election night Israel was no longer the 51st state, but it was New York that became an Israeli district all its own.
American Friends of Likud welcomed Ariel Sharonís re-election with balloons, campaign posters and a victory address from the prime minister, even if the party was on the East Side of Manhattan. Well into Tuesday night, several hundred American Likudniks heard from commentators and politicians long distance via phone and television hookups, as a steady stream of Likud leaders, from Sharon to Benjamin Netanyahu to Ehud Olmert said hello to New York.