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RJC Responds to President Obama State of the Union: Enhanced Iran Sanctions are Needed

Washington, DC (January 20, 2015) – Today, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), the nation’s only grassroots organization of Jewish Republicans, responded to the President’s State of the Union Address and his comments on Iranian Nuclear negotiations.

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RJC Congratulates Lewis M. Eisenberg on Being Chosen as RNC Finance Chair for Second Time

Washington, DC (January 16, 2015) – Today, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), the nation’s only grassroots organization of Jewish Republicans, congratulated board member Lewis M. Eisenberg on being named RNC Finance Chairman for a second time.

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RJC: What Exactly Did President Obama Mean By That?

Washington, D.C. (January 16, 2015) – According to today’s New York Times, at the Democratic Senate retreat yesterday President Obama urged Democratic lawmakers to resist sanctions against Iran and said that  “he understood the pressures that senators face from donors and others.”

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RJC Welcomes Mark McNulty as Communications Director

Washington, DC (January 8, 2015) – The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), the nation’s only grassroots organization of Jewish Republicans, announced the hiring of Mark McNulty as Communications Director.

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RJC: Closing the Partisan Gap - Support for Republicans Rises Among Jewish Voters

Washington, D.C. (January 7, 2015) - The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) responded to the release of a new Gallup Poll on Jewish American partisan affiliations. The poll shows the continued trend of growth in Republican support among Jewish voters.

Jewish support for Democrats dropped by 10% between 2008 and 2014. The Gallup Poll found that 29% of Jews identify as Republicans, up from 22% in 2008.

RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said:

“This poll reinforces what we have seen at the voting booth, the GOP continues to make inroads with Jewish voters. Republicans have gained support in the Jewish community in 5 of the last 6 national elections. The RJC has worked over past election cycles to increase Jewish support for Republicans, helping Mitt Romney get 31% of the Jewish vote up from 22% in 2008. We are encouraged by the trend and the continued inroads the GOP is making with the Jewish community.”

 
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RJC Welcomes Release of Alan Gross; Calls Normalizing Relations with Cuba “Unwise”

Washington, D.C. (December 17, 2014) – The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) is happy to know that Alan Gross has been released and is back on American soil after five years of imprisonment in Cuba. On the first day of Hanukkah, Alan Gross was granted light, freedom, and the long-awaited reunion with his family. The RJC joins the entire Jewish community in celebrating his redemption.

Our relief that his long ordeal is over is tempered by our deep concern about President Obama’s decision to begin normalizing relations with the totalitarian government of Cuba. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has said that, “President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.” The people of Cuba are still in prison – many literally so. American steps to open diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba while the government continues to oppress its own people and to support terrorism around the world is unwise. We call on Congress will look into this matter when they reconvene.

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RJC Statement Regarding Pres. Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Washington, D.C. (November 20, 2014) – The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) responded to President Obama’s announcement of his administrative order making substantive changes in U.S. immigration policy. RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said:

“RJC members hold a variety of views on whether and how immigration policy should be changed. Nevertheless, we are united in strong concern that President Obama has exceeded his legitimate authority by making such far-reaching changes unilaterally and in defiance of the constitutionally designated law-making organ of our government – the Congress.

“Although this concern unites Republicans, it should not be characterized as merely partisan. In fact, qualms have been voiced about the appropriateness of the President’s action by observers who share his general outlook and his specific immigration policy aims: the editors of the Washington Post1National Journal columnist Ron Fournier2, and MSNBC commentator Lawrence O’Donnell3.

“We hope others who are inclined to welcome the results of the President’s action will consider the arguments these allies of theirs have made about its broader negative ramifications.

“This action by the President sets a belligerent tone for the last two years of his presidency. When Congress rightly resists the President’s diminishment of its constitutional prerogatives, the President will have only himself to blame.”

Sources:
(1) http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/as-mr-obama-agrees-acting-alone-is-not-how-our-democracy-functions/2014/11/17/205916d0-6e82-11e4-ad12-3734c461eab6_story.html

(2) http://insider.foxnews.com/2014/08/07/fournier-if-obama-grants-amnesty-it-would-be-nuclear-bomb

(3) http://www.mediaite.com/tv/odonnell-dems-wont-tell-me-legality-of-obama-immigration-action/

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RJC Opens Office in Chicago, Hires First-Ever Midwest Regional Director

Washington, D.C. (November 10, 2014) — The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), the nation’s only grassroots organization of Jewish Republicans, announced the opening of a Midwest regional office in Chicago and the hiring of Jeremy Wynes as Midwest Regional Director.

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Congratulations to the Jewish Republican Winners of 2014!

Washington, D.C. (November 5, 2014) -- The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) offers our warmest congratulations to the Jewish Republicans who won their races yesterday in the important election of 2014.

We are especially delighted that Lee Zeldin won his congressional race in New York’s first district, making him the Jewish Republican in the 114th U.S. Congress.

We are also pleased that the Jewish Republicans in state offices around the country won their reelections. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, South Dakota State Senator Dan Lederman, Texas State Representative and House Speaker Joe Straus and Texas State Representative Craig Goldman all won reelection. Congratulations to them all. And congratulations to Dan Schwartz, the incoming Nevada state treasurer.

We are very proud of our members and friends who made the choice to serve, took on tough opponents, and won the day. We thank them for their service, offer them our continued support, and wish them success going forward.

If you know of other Jewish Republicans who won elections this year, please let us know! Contact Shari Hillman by email or at 202-638-6688.
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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."

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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
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