Three Jewish Candidates Pass Primary Hurdles

September 13, 2006 at 1:09 am | Posted in Announcements + Events, political parties | Leave a comment


Spitzer, Sanders, and Cardin all win their respective primaries in New York, Vermont, & Maryland: 


Due to various primary day glitches,
Maryland results were slowly trickling in on on election night. With two-thirds of the votes counted, Congressman Ben Cardin moved over to a solid lead over former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume in the Democratic primary to replace retiring US Senator Paul Sarbanes (D). Cardin had 47% to Mfume’s 37%. Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele won the GOP primary for US Senate, capturing 87% against nine opponents. Cardin-Steele race rating: Leans Dem. Cardin’s open CD-3 was another crowded race. With 63% of the vote counted, attorney/congressional scion John Sarbanes appeared to be winning with 32%, versus Baltimore Health Commissioner Peter Beilenson at 25% and State Senator Paula Hollinger at 22%. The CD-3 seat is safely Dem. In CD-4, progressive challenger Donna Edwards was trailing pro-business Congressman Al Wynn by 12-points, with 53% of the vote tabulated. 82-year-old State Comptroller (and former Governor) Don Schaefer was in last place in his Dem renomination primary, trailing by a few points, but the race was still too close to call at 1:00 am.

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (D) scored a landslide victory in the Democratic primary for New York Governor, defeating Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi by a vote of 81% to 19%. Spitzer is a safe bet to defeat former State House Minority Leader John Faso (R) in November.

VERMONT: Socialist Congressman Bernie Sanders (Independent) — with the direct collusion of the Vermont Democratic Party and the DSCC — ensured Tuesday he will face no Democratic opposition on the November ballot. Sanders vowed he would decline the nomination if he won the primary, thus enabling him to appear on the November ballot only as an Independent with no real obstacles to winning the general election. Sanders captured the Democratic nomination with an amazing 94% of the vote over four candidates who actively sought the Dem nomination. Sanders has vowed to caucus with the Senate Democrats when he is elected — just as does retiring US Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT). In the GOP primary, wealthy software executive Rich Tarrant won the US Senate primary by a 2-to-1 margin over conservative military veteran Greg Parke.

Clinton condemns ‘hit-and-run democracy’

September 12, 2006 at 4:17 pm | Posted in political parties | Leave a comment

(JTA) Former President Clinton earned applause from a U.S. Jewish group for condemning what he called the Bush administration’s foreign policy of “hit-and-run democracy.”

Clinton delivered the keynote address Monday at the United Jewish Communities’ Lion of Judah conference, which commemorated five years since the Sept. 11 attacks.

He said the central lesson he drew from the attacks is that “people are the prize”: The West must counter terrorists not only through war, but also through long-term investment in developing countries that produce terrorists.

Speaking to 1,500 female fund- raisers, Clinton derided the deterioration of the fragile democracy in Afghanistan and said, “The one thing we learned at that moment in time is that we can’t practice hit-and-run democracy, and that we have got all of the military power in the world to defeat a traditional foe in the moment but insurgencies are about the long run; they are never defeated by superior military power alone.”

N.J. Democrats: Iraq war endangers Israel

September 7, 2006 at 1:21 am | Posted in Israel, political parties | Leave a comment

(JTA) Two New Jersey Democrats running to unseat Republicans said the Iraq war endangers Israel.
The argument advanced Wednesday by Linda Stender and Paul Aronsohn in a conference call with reporters for Jewish media launched what will be the national party’s strategy to counter Republican claims that President Bush has been the best friend the Jewish community ever had.

“Iran has emerged as a greater threat which is part of the reason I always opposed the war in Iraq,” said Stender, an assemblywoman running to unseat U.S. Rep. Michael Ferguson. “Everything we have devoted to the war in Iraq are resources not available to the real war on international terrorism,” said Aronsohn, a health-care specialist targeting U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett.

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