View Full Version : Rand Paul Makes Headway in Longshot Bid To Win Jewish Support

01-18-2015, 05:35 PM
Senator Rand Paulís still unofficial presidential campaign reached a small but significant milestone in early January: The executive director of the Orthodox Unionís advocacy center, Nathan Diament, publicly praised him in an official press release.

For many candidates, that might not mean much. But for Paul, the O.U.ís January 6 statement, lauding his sponsorship of a bill to defund the Palestinian Authority, marked something new. Long shunned by the organized Jewish community as hostile to Israel, Paul is attaining a degree of acceptability, if not yet embrace, in at least some quarters of American Jewry.

It has been a steep learning curve for the up-and-coming libertarian. On top of his own longtime views against foreign aid to any country, the Kentucky Republican labors, justly or not, under an additional burden in the eyes of some Jews as the son of a former congressman who has been associated with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Yet within less than two years, the Kentucky senator has gone from pariah to pareve in the eyes of many Jewish GOP supporters. And the O.U.ís statement meant something more: a first-time nod from an avowedly nonpartisan national Jewish group. The group stressed, however, that its statement was limited only to Paulís legislative initiative and should not be viewed as an endorsement.

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01-18-2015, 06:16 PM
Jewish voters are less than 1% of the GOP primary electorate so this shouldn't matter for anything except perhaps fundraising.