2014 RJC Strategy of Blocking J Street’s Influence Was Highly Effective

Washington, D.C. (November 5, 2014) -- The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) today released the following statement:

A key component of the Republican Jewish Coalition's 2014 strategy was to block and blunt the unprecedented mobilization of resources by J Street to impact swing House and Senate races.

In those swing elections where both RJC-supported and J Street-supported candidates faced off, the RJC-supported candidates resoundingly defeated the J Street candidates in 61% of the contests already decided.

Three races are not yet decided, but two lean Republican. Taking those into account, the RJC candidates will have won in 72% of the contests.

That is a strong repudiation of J Street, its endorsements, and its message.

According to RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks:

"This election cycle included races in which support for Israel was a significant issue. Given the increased tensions between the Obama administration and Israel, these races took on even greater importance. J Street, a leading voice in support of President Obama's pressure tactics on Israel, drew a line in the sand and made a concerted effort to elect like-minded candidates to Congress.

"The RJC was committed to pushing back and helping the true pro-Israel candidates win election this year. The RJC PAC and RJC leaders raised and contributed millions of dollars in this effort.

"The RJC will continue to support true pro-Israel candidates in the future and, in particular, will focus its efforts to ensure that candidates supported by J Street do not have electoral success, so that the strong bipartisan support that Israel has enjoyed in the U.S. Congress is not eroded."


Race RJC candidate J Street candidate Winner
CO-Senate Cory Gardner Mark Udall RJC
GA-Senate David Perdue Michelle Nunn RJC
IA-Senate Joni Ernst Bruce Braley RJC
ME-Senate Susan Collins Shenna Bellows RJC
NH-Senate Scott Brown Jeanne Shaheen J Street
CA-7 Doug Ose Ami Bera GOP leaning
CA-52 Carl DeMaio Scott Peters GOP leaning
CT-5 Mark Greenberg Elizabeth Esty J Street
FL-2 Steve Southerland Gwen Graham J Street
FL-26 Carlos Curbelo Joe Garcia RJC
IA-3 David Young Staci Appel RJC
IL-12 Mike Bost Bill Enyart RJC
NH-1 Frank Guinta Carol Shea-Porter RJC
NH-2 Marilinda Garcia Annie Kuster J Street
NY-18 Nan Hayworth Sean Maloney Democrat leaning
NY-21 Elise Stefanik Aaron Woolf RJC
NY-23 Tom Reed Martha Robertson RJC
WV-3 Evan Jenkins Nick Rahall RJC