July 13, 2016


GOP convention to be short on Jews (RON KAMPEAS, July 14, 2016, Times of Israel)

They'll be barely visible, and the reason has everything to do with the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.

The Republican Jewish Coalition usually rolls out major shebangs at party conventions, starting with a news conference where you can count on director Matthew Brooks to confidently project growth in the GOP share of the Jewish vote.

Not this year, an RJC spokesman said in an email that noted plans for "a couple of events" closed to the media. One is a "salute to pro-Israel elected officials" -- in governors' mansions, in the US House of Representatives and in the Senate -- which is typical of past conventions.

Jewish donors who have undergirded much past campaigning? Try to find them.

"I'm going to watch on TV," emailed one donor who has been a constant at the conventions and asked not to be named. "Should be quite a show."

He said many of his GOP Jewish donor compadres also had cats to clean and hair to shampoo and long walks in the woods planned for next week.

Posted by at July 13, 2016 6:47 PM