Jewish Democrats Welcome Switch by Specter
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WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ira N. Forman, Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), released the following statement: The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) welcomes Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party of 2009 is an inclusive party that believes political parties should be big tents. In contrast, the Republican Party of 2009 is a party which believes in circling the wagons into an ever smaller and smaller circle until only the ideologically pure are welcome. Senator Specter has been a Republican since 1966 but he has never been a conservative ideologue. It has become increasingly clear in recent years that he is not ideologically pure enough for the Republican activists of today. The Republican Party's continued shift to the right has had negative implications for GOP support in the Jewish community. Despite the fact that in every election cycle conservative Jewish activists claim that Jews are becoming more Republican, the Jewish vote for Republicans at the national level is stuck at about 20%. Moreover, over the last decade there are fewer and fewer Republican Jewish office holders at the national level. With Specter joining the Democratic Party, he becomes the 12th member of the Senate that is Jewish and caucuses with the Democrats. When Al Franken, another Jewish Democrat, gets seated as the second Minnesota senator, there will be 13 Jewish senators who caucus with the Democrats in the Senate (compared to zero who caucus with the GOP). Democrats will then have 60 seats in the Senate, reducing the possibility of Republican filibusters. Founded in 1990, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) is the national voice of Jewish Democrats. NJDC is committed to those values that we share with the Democratic Party and the vast majority of American Jews including the separation of church and state, a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, and reproductive freedom. SOURCE National Jewish Democratic Council Aaron Keyak of the National Jewish Democratic Council, +1-202-216-9060 (office), +1-202-905-6361 (cell), email@example.com