Lamb’s razor-thin 600-vote win came in a district with relatively few Jewish voters and where Jewish concerns played little or no role.
On election night 2016, Barbara Goldberg Goldman and fellow Jewish Democrats gathered to follow the results. Champagne bottles were chilling, and everything was ready for the celebration to start as soon as the presidential election was called for Hillary Clinton. One year and one day later, the same group got together, but for a very different purpose: to create a new organization that can make a difference in the Trump era.
A new poll shows Tea Party favorite Allen West (R-Fla.) could be vulnerable to a Democratic challenge next year in his Palm Beach-area district.
What’s the Matter With Florida? Jewish Democrats aren’t doing well in … South Florida? What’s up with that? It’s a sign of the times, the Forward’s Washington correspondent Nathan Guttman suggests. “Trailing in the polls is probably the only thing the two Jewish Floridians have in common.” (MitzVote)
It is hard year for all Democrats, nothing new about that.
Hey, Big Spender: As of Friday, the election’s biggest spender is the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. An 11th-hour push of $16 million to Democrats thrust the public-sector union ahead of the Chamber of Commerce. (The Wall Street Journal)
Florida Heat: According to Politico’s Alexander Burns, Gov. Charlie Crist, running in Florida’s senatorial contest as an independent, is about to get “the full Arlen Specter treatment” as the state’s Democratic party supports an ad from Democratic opponent Kendrick Meek that points to Crist’s Republican — no less, his “Jeb Bush Republican” — past. It includes footage of Crist praising Sen. John McCain for choosing Sarah Palin as his 2008 running mate. (Politico)
-Philanthropist and liberal activist George Soros has been funding J Street, the Washington Times has revealed. Though J Street’s executive director, Jeremy Ben Ami, has denied any donations to the dovish group by Soros in the past, tax records reveal that Soros and his two children have contributed a total $245,000 to J Street from a Manhattan address in New York from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.
Second quarter fundraising results are in, including for the Jewish freshmen in the House. Here’s the quick summary of year-to-date fundraising totals;