Jewish politics

Cantor Could Help GOP Take the House, But Can He Win Over the Jews?

10/27/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Eric Cantor has spent a lifetime relishing in wearing the other hat.

Among Jews, the Republican congressional whip from Richmond, Va., likes to play the genteel Southern conservative, the posture that won over his wife, a socially liberal banker from New York.

Among southerners, he’s the nice Jewish boy who belongs to an Orthodox synagogue and graduated from Columbia Law School, but who has an easy familiarity with NASCAR, country music and evangelical beliefs.

Election 2010: it's not about Israel

Yesterday we posted a nice Ron Kampeas preview of the 2010 congressional midterms, now only two weeks away.

Ron argues this is an election like none other in recent history, with many races too close to call and an angry public mood that makes predictions even riskier than usual.

Hikind Backs Republican In Staten Island House Race

10/20/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat who has made no secret of his desire to see the Republicans retake Congress, endorsed Staten Island GOP challenger Michael Grimm on Wednesday.

Hikind said the decision had nothing to do with the “Jewish list” controversy last spring when Democrat incumbent Michael McMahon fired a spokeswoman who spoke in an interview about “Jewish money” collected by Grimm.

“He apologized for that,” Hikind said. “It was cleared up.”

Second Jewish Republican In The House?

Randy Altschuler is trailing in the polls but fickle Suffolk district ‘is a very volatile seat.’

10/19/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

It’s hard to imagine a congressional district where party affiliation has as little value as New York’s 1st CD in Suffolk County.

Republican Randy Altschuler, left, faces Democrat incumbent Tim Bishop in  a district where voters seem to have no strong party

Another Orthodox Non-Endorsement In AG Race

10/19/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Last week Orthodox Union leaders scrambled to make it known they had not endorsed Eric Schneiderman, the Democrat running for state attorney general, after a Schneiderman supporter's ad featured an OU press release about meeting the candidate.

Bleak assessment of the next Congress: more gridlock ahead

Think Washington is gridlocked today? Wait until January, when the new Congress takes over.

Bitterly polarized politics and an environment in which compromise is a four letter word promise even more paralysis when the next Congress convenes and President Obama starts the second half of his term with even more Capitol Hill tsuris.

Illinois Republican Party goes for the gutter

 It's really sad and a little scary how anti-Semitism has become just one more piece of cheap campaign rhetoric, to be hurled at just about anybody and any organization that doesn't agree with you.

Today's case in point: the Illinois Republican Party, which just issued a statement headlined “This Just In: Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel MoveOn.org Calls Giannoulias Their Hero.”

Yehuda Levin Withdraws Support For Paladino

10/13/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Upset that Republican Carl Paladino disavowed portions of the speeches he made at two Brooklyn synagogues on Sunday, Rabbi Yehuda Levin on Wednesday withdrew his support for the candidate.

“If he continues on this path, not only can’t I vote for him, but I will call on all religious people to write in ‘morality’ or something like that [on the ballot],” said Rabbi Levin in a phone interview.

J Street Fundraiser For Ackerman

10/13/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

J Street  founder and executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami  will be in New York tonight to host a fundraiser for three Democrat House members, including Queens/Long Island Rep. Gary Ackerman.

Here's a copy of a letter accompanying the invite, forwarded to us by someone who is not a fan of Ackerman or J Street.

No OU Stamp For Schneiderman

10/13/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

The Orthodox Union doesn’t endorse candidates. So you can understand the zeal of OU leaders in getting the word out about what they see as a misleading statement from a supporter of  attorney general candidate Eric Schneiderman.

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