George Arzt

Amid Demographic Trends, Jewish Vote More Complex

Though conservative elements surging, overlapping issues could make labels obsolete.
06/18/2012 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Political consultant George Arzt says he recently fielded an interesting request from Orthodox Jewish activists.

The former communications director of the Koch administration was asked to advise the speaker of the City Council, Christine Quinn, not to write off the Orthodox vote just because she is openly gay and a strong advocate of gay rights and marriage equality, which became law in New York last year. Orthodox organizations oppose most pro-gay legislation.

“They would still like to talk to her,” said Arzt.

Russians here, part of an emerging conservative voting bloc, fill out U.S. Census forms. getty images
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