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July 17, 1992 - Image 53

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-07-17

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I POLITICALLY SPEAKING I

George Bush

Democrats support Mr. Clin-
ton.
"It is amazing to find such
a large percentage of Jewish
Republicans backing Ross
Perot," says NJDC Executive
Director Steve Gutow. "There
weren't that many Jewish Re-
publicans to begin with. But
after the '92 elections, they
may be an endangered
species."
"This study illustrates the
Jewish community's dissatis-
faction with the Bush Ad-
ministration," Mr. Gutow
says. "It is not surprising to
find Jewish Democrats sup-
porting Gov. Clinton. He's ter-
rific on issues that matter
most to us — economic
growth, health care, educa-
tion and U.S.-Israel rela-
tions."
Jewish Republican leaders
provide a different view.
"Anybody who understands
polling realizes that money
spent now on polls is wasted
because these campaigns are
so volatile," says Matt Brooks,
executive director for the Re-
publican think-tank, the Na-
tional Jewish Coalition.
"These numbers will ab-
solutely change. These num-
bers are meaningless."
Mr. Brooks says the study
provides a "false sense of se-
curity" for Mr. Gutow.
"I find these comments of
the NJDC totally irresponsi-
ble and deceptive," Mr.
Brooks says. "This is not a sci-
entific cross-sampling of
where the Jewish community
stands on parties."
And Mr. Brooks wants to
give a piece of his own mind.
"Just wait until I get start-
ed bashing Bill Clinton. I
think he is weak. President
Bush has a far stronger
record than Bill Clinton's
rhetoric.
"I am convinced that as re-
lations between (Israeli Prime
Minister) Yitzhak Rabin and
Bush become evident, there
will be a warming in the Jew-
ish community, and we will
regain support of the Jewish
community," Mr. Brooks says.
On the local side, Jim
Alexander, Oakland County's
GOP chairman, who is Jew-

Bill Clinton

ish, has a bit of advice for
Jewish Democrats.
"If I were a Democrat, I
think I'd spend my time wor-
rying about Jewish Democ-
rats supporting Jewish
Republicans Alice Gilbert and
David Honigman, who both
are running for Congress,"
Mr. Alexander says.
"I haven't had many people
saying they are leaving for
Ross Perot, and nobody has
said they are leaving for Bill
Clinton," Mr. Alexander says.
"While there is concern over
the president's position on Is-
rael, people are taking a wait-
and-see attitude in light of the
new Israeli government." ❑

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