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Beechwood, Ohio — “I’m shocked by the personal attacks on the integrity of individuals,” said Litwin, of Shaker Heights, who recently moved to Ohio from Oregon, a solidly Democratic state that is not subject to such intensive campaigning.
Litwin was mailed a DVD, “Dreams From My Real Father,” which presents a conspiracy theory alleging that Obama has covered up his true origins as the illegitimate son of a black American communist.
“I had a visceral reaction,” she said. “I took it as if it was contaminated and deposited it in the recycling.”
Stanley Stone, a textile business retiree, said he also has been subject to a stream of fliers and phone calls from Republicans and Democrats in recent months.
Saying that Obama “inherited a lot of problems,” Stone said he wasn’t buying Republican claims that the president’s strategies had failed to revive the economy.
Fred Taub, a Cleveland Heights resident who writes and speaks against boycott and divestment efforts targeting Israel, said he was supporting Romney.
“Two reasons – the economy and Israel, he said. “I can’t afford Obama, and he’s snubbed Israel too many times.”
But Taub also said that his Republican Jewish friends were weary of the material targeting Jewish voters.
“I don’t look anymore, you get sick of hearing the complaints from both sides – and I think most people have decided,” he said.
Sudilovsky-Pecha said that Republican ads had raised questions in her mind about Obama.
“I’m not a hundred percent convinced Obama’s as strong a supporter of Israel as I would like him to be, but he’s not as weak a supporter as Republicans paint him,” said Sudilovksy-Pecha, who has family in Israel. “But as a social worker, I can’t imagine living in country led by Romney with his ‘47 percent.’ ”