Republican Jewish Coalition opens Chicago office


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition opened its sixth office, in Chicago.

The office, which opened Monday, is headed by Jeremy Wynes, formerly the Midwest political director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and represents the RJC in eight states.

The RJC recently campaigned heavily for Robert Dold, the former congressman who earlier this month unseated Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) in the Chicago area’s 10th District. Two years earlier, Schneider had unseated Dold in the heavily Jewish district.

Jews nationwide voted 2-1 for Democrats in last week’s elections, following similar results in 2010 and 2012 — down from the 3-1 and 4-1 ratios of elections in the 1990s and 2000s.

Saying there are “significant differences” between Republicans and Democrats on issues including support for Israel, Wynes said, “It is important for Jewish Republicans to speak out and be heard by elected officials and by the Jewish community on these issues.”

In addition to its national office in Washington, the RJC has regional offices in California, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.

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