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Jewish Dems React to Election Outcome in NY-09

NJDC — September 14, 2011 – 12:11 am | Comments (8) Add a comment

National Jewish Democratic Council President and CEO David A. Harris issued the following statement tonight in response to the special election results in New York’s 9th congressional district:

Since the day seven-term House Democrat Anthony Weiner resigned in disgrace, keeping this seat in Democratic hands has been an uphill battle. The overwhelmingly unfavorable view of Mr. Weiner, the previous Democratic congressman in this district, has only hurt David Weprin’s efforts to win this election. Tonight, we saw some of the effects of that unpopularity.

One thing we know beyond the shadow of a doubt is that this election was about many things—but not Israel. As authoritative polling in the past four days demonstrated [Siena Poll, September 9, 2011], only a tiny fraction of constituents—seven percent—indicated that Middle East policy would drive their vote. Moreover, the two candidates agreed completely on Israel; both clearly supported a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, with not a bit of difference between them.

In the end, in this difficult economy, Americans—including in New York’s Ninth District—are hurting. In this atypical district, they’ve reacted atypically. After many tremendous Democratic victories in special congressional elections in recent years, tonight we unfortunately have a loss. But we look forward to many, many more victories than losses in 2012.



Joshua | September 14, 2011 – 12:22 am

And what, the PPP poll, which DailyKos trusts, the one with the 37% figure of those saying Israel is a factor in their vote, is just ignored?  I think you can see why I’m getting more and more disillusioned with the NJDC.

Josh | September 14, 2011 – 12:22 am

It is clear that Israel was a major factor. Turner has only been declared a winner by about 6% and the Israel factor was around 7%. It was not David Weprin’s personal policies that hurt him, but it was President Obama’s.

Elaine | September 14, 2011 – 11:18 am

they said they wanted to make this about President Obama and they did.  They pictures Weprin with Obama and tied the two in the voters minds.We are in trouble.

JPK in Chicago | September 14, 2011 – 12:28 pm

President Obama lost me when he said the words, “1967”.

WITH FRIENDS LIKE PRESIDENT OBAMA, WHO NEEDS ENEMIES?  If he thought he was going to cement the Jewish vote through his international prowess, he got the feedback he needed from NY-9.  We lifelong Dems better hope that the GOP serves up a truly horrific candidate if we’re thinking that we’d like to retain the White House in 2012.

Carol | September 14, 2011 – 10:01 pm

As a lifelong, now erstwhile Democrat, who is deeply concerned about the security of Israel, I rejoiced in the defeat of the Democrats in NY-9.  Living in CA, I contacted and emailed everyone I knew in NY-9 to send a message to the country about Obama’s despicable treatment of Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu. The Jewish vote is no longer a reliable Democratic voting block due to Obama’s Israel policies.Heed our voices, because we will vote in great numbers when the security of Israel is at stake. The fact that this statement says that the election was not about Israel shows just how out of touch the Democratic Party really is with the hearts and minds Jewish voters.

Bill Levinson | September 15, 2011 – 12:54 am

I think you are whistling past the graveyard. See “Why Obama Is Losing the Jewish Vote” by Dan Senor at the Wall Street Journal.

Incidentally, I think supporting Israel because one is Jewish is the right thing for the wrong reason. As Americans, we should support Israel because it is a fellow democracy (generic for “rule by consent of the governed, with civil rights” as opposed to a literal democracy) and its enemies are dictatorships, theocracies, and other enemies of what our country stands for. It’s also why we support Taiwan against China, or at least ought to, and South Korea against North Korea. Freedom House’s ratings for Israel (Free) and its enemies (Not Free or at best Partly Free) speak for themselves.

Obama’s pressure on Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders is the symptom and not the disease: a willingness to reward and therefore encourage terroristic violence. You need to put up a decent human being (e.g. Joe Manchin, D-WV) in your primary to get Obama out of there.

Alan Schonberg | September 16, 2011 – 12:43 pm

David A. Harris’ statement that this election was not about Israel, should alienate every Jew in America from the NJDC.
It was the clearest message that could be sent to Obama.
Unless he changes his ways,no Jew in America should vote for him.

Ethel Guttenberg | September 16, 2011 – 2:09 pm

Beware now that you have elected a Republican in your District.  He may talk the talk regarding Israel, but will probably not walk the walk.  Watch to see whether he votes for support AND money for Israel.  Watch to see whether he votes to support a 2 state solution that decimates Israel or one that will allow it to survive.

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