Jewish Leaders Urge GOP to Adopt More Moderate Positions

Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 01:04 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Leading Jewish Republicans are expected to tell the GOP to adopt more moderate positions in order to avoid a repeat of this year’s crushing election losses.

“The conventional wisdom is that the election will result in the shift of the Republican Party to the center, particularly on issues of immigration,” William Daroff, Washington director of the Jewish Federations of North America told Ron Kampeas of The Jewish Press.

“To the extent that the party does shift, it would make Republican candidates more appealing to Jewish voters who may be inclined to vote Republican on foreign policy and homeland security issues, but who have been turned off by conservative Republicans rigidity on social issues.”

Another top Jewish leader, Matt Brooks — director of the Republican Jewish Coalition — told Kampeas: “There will be a lot of very frank conversations between our organization and its leadership and the leadership within the party.

“A lot of the major financial support the candidates received was from the members of this organization. There is a lot of weight behind their message on that.”

One of Romney’s influential Texas backers, Fred Zeidman, is also behind pushing the GOP towards immigration reform.

“The rest of the party has to understand what we as Jews have always understood – that this is a nation of immigrants and to ignore them is to end up losing,” Zeidman told Kampeas.


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