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Chief Deputy Whip & McCain National Vice Chair To Lead GOP Outreach To Jewish

WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Victory 2008 Finance Chairman
Lew Eisenberg today announced that House Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor will
serve as Chairman of the 2008 Victory Jewish Coalition, leading outreach
efforts to the Jewish community on behalf of Senator John McCain and the
Republican National Committee (RNC).  McCain Campaign National Vice Chair for
Jewish Outreach, Fred Zeidman, will serve as Co-Chair of the 2008 Victory
Jewish Coalition.

"The Jewish community is a critical constituency and we are very fortunate to
have the strong support of Eric Cantor and Fred Zeidman," said Eisenberg. 
"Senator McCain has a long and proud pro-Israel record, and he understands
that as one of our nation's closest allies, Israel deserves our aid and
support.  Eric and Fred will play a critical role in sharing John McCain's
message, record, and vision with the Jewish community."

Eric Cantor is a fourth-term Congressman representing Virginia's Seventh
District including the Richmond-metro area.  Selected in 2002, Cantor is
currently the Chief Deputy Republican Whip.  He holds a seat on the House Ways
and Means Committee, and serves as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on
Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.  Cantor also serves as Finance Chairman
for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

"Senator John McCain has been a long-time advocate for a strong relationship
between America and Israel," said Cantor.  "Our next President will inherit a
Middle East region that is at a crossroads.  One path leads to security and
peace, the other, chaos.  I believe John McCain has the experience and
character to be an aggressive advocate for a secure Israel and stable Middle

Fred Zeidman is the Chairman of Seitel, Inc., founder of the Houston Venture
Capital Association, and Chairman of Turnaround Partners, Inc. He previously
helped lead Jewish outreach for Bush-Cheney 2000 and 2004, served as Vice
Chair of the Dole-Kemp presidential campaign in Harris County, and has been a
key Jewish advisor to Republican Congressional and Senatorial candidates and
elected officials in Texas.  In March 2002, President Bush appointed him to
Chair the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Zeidman has held leadership
positions in the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Institute for National
Security Affairs, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, and the American
Jewish Committee. He is currently on the board of the Jewish National Fund and
Development Corporation of Israel. 

"Senator John McCain has been a life-long friend to the Jewish community and I
am excited to be a part of this effort.  Senator McCain understands that free,
strong and democratic nations like Israel are our nation's best defense
against terrorism and groups that would like to harm America," said Zeidman. 

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