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Playng the Jewish mother card in Florida

Nathan Guttman reports in the Forward:

Florida’s Senate Democratic primary on August 24 is presenting residents of the mostly Jewish condominium communities of South Florida, and many other Floridians, with an unusually stark choice: a longtime Democrat who for some represents old politics, and a newcomer who brings to the race a fresh face, piles of cash and a Jewish mother vouching for her son in TV campaign ads.

“My Jeff, he’ll shake things up in Washington,” 83-year-old West Palm Beach resident Barbara Greene assures Florida voters across media markets in and surrounding Miami, in one of billionaire Jeff Greene’s campaign ads.

But in the rows of condos lining Florida’s south shores, even the elderly residents targeted by that ad seem divided — including those of Century Village, the retirement community in which Barbara Greene lives.

“Everyone has a Jewish mother,” explained Century Village resident Mae Duke, 83, president of the retirement community’s Democratic Club and a supporter of Greene’s Democratic opponent, Rep. Kendrick Meek. …

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