2014 RJC Strategy of Blocking J Street’s Influence Was Highly Effective
Washington, D.C. -- 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|