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November 24, 1989 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-11-24

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I UP FRONT

Jewish Republicans

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higher economic strata,
values and beliefs are
becoming more in line with
those of the Republican Par-
tY-
"Economic issues on the
political road map are para-
mount issues," Alexander
said. "When social issues are
more important, Jews went
more for the Democratic
candidates."
Meanwhile, on the nation-
al level, Republicans are
spending extra time cour-
ting Jews. In fact,
Republican National Party
Chairman Lee Atwater, who
has been a controversial fig-
ure among Jews in the past
for his alleged involvement
in using a Democratic con-
gressional candidate's
Jewish status against him in
a South Carolina race in
1978, has been speaking to
Jewish groups since his mid-
summer trip to Israel.
Atwater fervently denies
the 1978 charges, saying the
Republican Party is more
sensitive to anti-Semitism
than other political parties.
In recent speeches in South
Carolina, New York, Los
Angeles and Chicago, At-
water discussed a pro-Israel
Republican platform.
Officials from the
Washington-based National
Jewish Coalition, commonly
referred to as the Republican
Party's Jewish political arm,
said Atwater's recent
favorable position on Israel
is sincere.
"With the Reagan ad-
ministration, a lot of Jews
came to the forefront of the
Republican Party," said Ben
Waldman, National Jewish
Coalition executive director.
"It took a while to start mov-
ing upward in the party. But
during the eight years
Reagan served the country,
many of these Jews worked
for George Bush.
"What we are seeing is a
natural outgrowth of Jews in
the Republican Party,"
Waldman said.
In another political ad-
vancement, Chris Gersten,
former National Jewish Co-
alition executive director
and founder, recently was
appointed federal director
for refugee resettlement.
Despite projections by
Republican leaders that
Jews are moving away from
their Democratic
allegiances, results from the
1988 presidential election
show that Jewish voters still
voted Democratic by a land-
slide, giving 70 percent of
their votes to Massachusetts
Gov. Michael Dukakis
"Times have changed and
America has changed,"
writes political consultant
Milton Himmelfarb, author

Judge Bernard Friedman

of The Jews of Modernity.
"Most whites once voted for
Democratic presidential
candidates but have long
since changed to voting for
Republicans. Irish
Americans used to joke that
their babies were baptized
into the Catholic Church
and the Democratic Party,
but no longer. Practically
alone among white voters,
American Jews have chang-
ed hardly at all."
Further, some Democratic
leaders suggest Jews are
moving into higher ranks
within the Republican party
only because the
Republicans head the ad-
ministration.
"I respect their views, but
it is hard to swallow the con-
cept that the Republican
philosophy is more symbolic
to Jewish causes," said at-
torney Leon Cohan, who was
appointed by Gov. Jim Blan-
chard's to chair the
Michigan Council for the
Arts and the Michigan
Board of Ethics. "There have
always been a substantial
number of Jews who have
been active in the
Republican Party. Now we
are looking at long periods
when Republicans have had
party control in the White
House. That is probably why
there is an increase in active
Jewish Republicans
"This doesn't represent a
significant change," Cohan
said. "There are probably
more today than 25 years
ago. But the numbers are
not significant. The Jewish
vote is still Democratic." ❑

Markman Wanted
To Return Home

Attorney Stephen Markman
was determined to come
home.
He had been living and
working in Washington,
D.C., since the mid-70s, and
felt his options were limited
to lobbying and public rela-
tions law if he stayed in the
capital.

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