Republicans and Democrats both try to paint the other side’s candidates as worse for the Jews

Panel & Premiere Of "American Casino" At The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival

NEW YORK – MAY 02: Director Leslie Cockburn on stage at the premiere and panel discussion of “American Casino” during the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival at Directors Guild Theater on May 2, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

By Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When Ron DeSantis, the Republican congressman running for governor of Florida, was asked in a debate to defend his record on race, he pivoted to his Democratic opponent’s record on Israel.

DeSantis and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum each have a problem that won’t go away — DeSantis with racially charged language and Gillum with associates who are anti-Israel. That may not be surprising in a swing state where substantial Jewish and African-American minorities can make the difference, and where the race is too close to call.

But it’s not just Florida: In race after race, sometimes in areas with few Jewish voters, from upstate New York to Virginia wine country, to Texas and Minnesota, two third rails for American Jewish voters — bigotry and Israel — are touching each other and setting off sparks.

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Categories: America, Jews, The Muslim Times, USA

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