FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Special election is a bellwether of
Jewish discontent with his policies.
NY-9 is most Jewish district in U.S.
Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2011) — Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Executive Director Matt Brooks issued the following comments today:
“No matter who wins in the special election in New York’s 9th congressional district on Tuesday,” Brooks said, “this race highlights the serious problems that President Obama has in the Jewish community because of his policies regarding Israel. Without question, Obama’s policies are causing significant numbers of Jewish voters to re-examine their loyalty to the Democratic Party.
“Given recent polling and the DNC’s own emphasis on Jewish messaging, putting Jewish outreach on a par with jobs and healthcare as one of Democratic leaders’ top concerns, it is clear that Democratic leaders are panicked about the erosion of support in the Jewish community. The fact that they have to spend time and resources shoring up what is normally a solid Democratic core constituency underscores the challenges they are facing.”
“Regardless of who wins on Tuesday,” Brooks concluded, “Jewish voters in NY-9 will send a clear message to President Obama and the Democratic Party on that day. We expect it be the first in a series of powerful messages about the outrage and concern in the Jewish community over this administration’s troubling Israel policies.”
- NY-9, the seat formerly held by Cong. Anthony Weiner, is the most heavily-Jewish congressional district in the U.S. (http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/09/09/oy-such-tsuris-for-obama-and-the-democrats/ and http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?ID=236045&R=R1)
- The Democrats hold a 3:1 registration advantage over Republicans there.
- The Democrat running for that seat, David Weprin, has publicly distanced himself from the President’s failed Israel policies.
- The Republican, Bob Turner, has campaigned heavily on his strong pro-Israel position and currently leads in the polls.
- Former NY Mayor Ed Koch made this race a referendum on Pres. Obama’s policies when he endorsed the Republican candidate and called on voters to send a message to the President with their vote in this race.
- NY State Assembly member Dov Hikind, another prominent New York Democrat, also crossed party lines to endorse Bob Turner.
- A new Siena College Research Institute poll taken in the district was released last Friday. In that poll, 54 percent of likely Jewish voters had an unfavorable opinion of President Obama and 45 percent of likely Jewish voters said they would vote for Republican Bob Turner if the election were held that day, an incredible figure by historical standards. (http://www.siena.edu/uploadedfiles/home/Parents_and_Community/Community_Page/SRI/SNY_Poll/CD90911%20Crosstabs.pdf)
- As reported in the New York Times last week, the DNC meeting in Chicago on Friday included three policy breakout sessions: one on jobs, one on healthcare, and one on how to message to the Jewish community. (http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/democrats-plan-briefings-on-jewish-outreach/)
- The RJC has reached out to Jewish voters in the 9th district with a massive effort, mailing every Jewish household in the district two postcards. One features Ed Koch’s statement:
“If Jewish New Yorkers and others who support Israel were to turn away from the Democratic Party and elect the Republican candidate to Congress in 2011, it might very well cause President Obama to change his hostile position on the State of Israel and to re-establish the special relationship presidents before him had supported.” (NY Post, July 12, 2011)
- The second quotes Golda Koppelman, a lifelong Democrat who will be voting for Bob Turner to send a message to President Obama:
“I have never voted for a Republican in my life” she says. But in this election, “I don’t even care who the Democrat is; I am voting Republican to show Obama I am upset with his policy on Israel.” (Jerusalem Post, August 30, 2011)