Elections season is upon us! JDCA Weekly Roundup 3.9.2018


With the beginning of election season upon us, Democrats are positioning themselves to win back the House and the Senate. Primary elections are taking place, and the congressional special election in Pennsylvania is only a few days away. The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) is working with party leaders to mobilize the Jewish vote and elect more Democrats nationwide, fight anti-Semitism, and celebrate the women who have made America great.

Jewish Democrats Welcome Rep. Danny Davis’ Statement After Farrakhan Remarks

JDCA issued the following statement after Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) condemned the anti-Semitic views of Louis Farrakhan:

“We appreciate Rep. Danny Davis’ (D-IL) statement last night denouncing the anti-Semitic rhetoric of hate preacher Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan for decades has directed vitriol at Jews, women, LGBT people and other groups. We all, especially our leaders, must stand firmly against his bigoted words, and those of all hate-mongers. Rep. Davis listened to the concerns of the Jewish community, and responded appropriately, with a strong repudiation of Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism, as the congressman long has on all anti-Semitism.

“Now, as always, we seek understanding and solidarity among different ethnic, racial and religious communities. African Americans and Jewish Americans have a long history of working together to fight injustice and create a more equitable future for everyone in this country. We are committed to preserving and further strengthening this relationship, and resolving misunderstandings in a spirit of good-will and unity..”

Year of the (Jewish Democratic) Woman

More and more people are noticing the high number of Jewish women running for office this year. In a communication from board members Susie Stern and Dede Feinberg, we trumpeted this as the year of the (Jewish Democratic) womanMoment Magazine has also noticed this in a similar piece.

During the month of March we are celebrating Women’s History Month by remembering Jewish women who influenced American history and who are currently making an impact in America. Women like Florence Prag Kahn, the first Jewish woman elected to Congress, former Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Dianne Feinstein, Golda Meir, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and many more. Follow us on Twitter @USJewishDems to see daily updates of influential Jewish women.

More and more people are noticing the high number of Jewish women running for office this year, including Moment Magazine. JDCA highlighted many of them, as well, celebrating 2018 as the year of the (Jewish Democratic) woman.

Texas Primary Elections
Texans went to the polls to vote in the state’s primary elections on Tuesday, and Democratic efforts to mobilize voters are showing dividends. For the first time since the 2002, over 1 million Democratic Texans came out to the polls for a primary. Former state senator and 2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis said that Texans are “chomping at the bit” to get out and vote.

Congressman Beto O’Rourke won the Democratic primary to challenge Ted Cruz (R) for his Senate seat in November. Senator Cruz noticed the uptick in Democratic turnout, saying that “in Texas, if conservatives stay home, if we rest on our laurels, we could see Texas turn blue.”

Meanwhile, two Jewish Democratic women were running for Congress on Tuesday. Dori Fenenbock lost her primary to run in TX-16, and Laura Moser advanced to May runoff election for TX-7.

Pennsylvania special election – next Tuesday!
In just a few days, voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District will take to the polls. Democrat Conor Lamb seeks to defy the odds and win a consistently Republican district.

JDCA board member Joel Rubin wrote in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle:

“You may not realize it, but western Pennsylvania’s Jewish values are being debated right now in the special election to succeed former Rep. Tim Murphy. The winner of this election will represent those values in Washington.

As a native Pittsburgher with deep roots in the Jewish community going back multiple generations, I believe that there is a clear choice for who will best represent these values. That person is Conor Lamb. It most definitely is not Rick Saccone.”

Read the full article here.

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Shabbat Shalom!

Ron Klein
Chair, Jewish Democratic Council of America