Florida

  • Florida Jewish Republican: Scaring Jews about Palin won’t work

    The Obama campaign announced a major new effort to court Florida Jewish voters this week, as we reported yesterday. A top Florida Jewish Republican has responded, arguing that contrary to the belief of many pundits, Sarah Palin will help the GOP with Jews because Democratic attacks on her will backfire. According to Politico, Florida House… More ▸

  • Obama campaign gets serious in Fla. (UPDATED)

    Two weeks ago in Denver, Jewish congressional Democrats refused to acknowledge at a press conference that some South Florida Jewish Democrats were wary of voting for Barack Obama – even though a number of Florida state legislators had told reporters that they saw significant resistance to the Democrat when they campaigned for him at condos… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Schumer says Jews don’t care if Palin eats moose meat

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) campaigned for Barack Obama in South Florida on Sunday, reports the Palm Beach Post, and quotes him as saying Jews there aren’t impressed that Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin eats “moose meat.” Schumer also called slammed false rumors about Obama as “shmutz,” according to the Sun-Sentinel. The Obama campaign is expanding… More ▸

  • From Ak. to Fla., heritage across the USA

    Over at Politico, the prodigious Ben Smith wonders if the “Christian Heritage Week” Alaska Gov. (and John McCain’s Veep pick) Sarah Palin signed into law will make Jews nervous. Dunno, but it’d be a hard case for the Democrats to make, considering how one of their top Jewish surrogates, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.),… More ▸

  • Biden in Florida

    Here’s the JTA brief on Biden’s swing through South Florida: Joe Biden reassured older Florida Jews that Barack Obama would be strong on Israel. Biden, the Democratic nominee for vice president, was introduced by a Holocaust survivor at a speech before several hundred at a retirement community, The Associated Press reported. “I am chairman of… More ▸

  • Biden & Schumer headed to Florida

    In an interview with JTA last week, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz insisted that Joe Biden would be a big asset with Jewish folks in Florida, predicting he would “come down and move around the bagel places and the condos.” Well… it didn’t take long. Biden heads to Florida on Tuesday – we don’t see any… More ▸

  • Palin is kosher with Chabad

    The leader of Chabad in Alaska has lots of good things to say about Republican vice presidential selection Sarah Palin. Rabbi Yossi Greenberg, while noting that his organization does not endorse candidates, says Palin is a “remarkable, energetic and good person” and notes that she has attended “several of our cultural gala events.” Greenberg also… More ▸

  • Wexler talks Obama and Israel on convention stage

    Rep. Robert Wexler trumpeted Barack Obama’s support for Israel in his speech to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, while arguing that the GOP presumptive nominee would make Israel less safe. Here’s an excerpt: We entered into an unnecessary war and remain bogged down in Iraq, as Afghanistan backslides, and the architects of Sept…. More ▸