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April 19, 1996 - Image 114

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-04-19

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Thirty-Eight Years Strong


Spotlight Turns
To Senate Races








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ith the race for the GOP
presidential nomination
suddenly a big snooze,
Jewish activists are
turning their attention to a long
list of Senate races that could
have major implications for the
pro-Israel agenda.
Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., is
running for a fifth term. And as
usual, the controversial legisla-
tor is making Jewish politicos
squirm. Despite his chairman-
ship of the Senate Foreign Rela-
tions Committee, Jewish political
action committees (PACs) gener-
ally are staying away from the
Helms race because of objections
by members to his controversial
domestic positions.
But a growing number of indi-
vidual Jewish givers, including
many leaders of the National
Jewish Coalition, are forking over
on his behalf in recognition of Mr.
Helms' strongly pro-Israel posi-
tions in recent years, and his pow-
erful stature.
Mr. Helms will face either Har-
vey Gantt, an African-American
Democrat who gave the veteran
a run for his money in 1990, or
Charlie Sanders, a doctor and
business executive who comes
down on the conservative end of
the Democratic spectrum.
Dr. Sanders, according to
sources in the political world, is
making a strong pitch for Jewish
backing in his long-shot race.
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a
strong pro-Israel voice and a fa-
vorite of many liberal Jewish
groups, was thought to be unas-
sailable. But a challenge from
Rep. Jim Lightfoot could change
that calculus — and pro-Israel
givers are beginning to look close-
ly at the Iowa race.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., re-
mains a popular figure with the
home folks; his tireless activism
on behalf of political reform has
played well with today's suspi-
cious voters. But he will face a
spirited challenge from talk show
host Ronna Romney, who was
once the daughter-in-law of the
late Gov. George Romney, and
Jim Nicholson, a well-off busi-
Mr. Levin has the edge in mon-
ey, but some pro-Israel activists
worry that the irascible mood of
the voters — and President Clin-
ton's uncertain prospects — could
be a problem.
In Minnesota, former Sen.
Rudy Boschwitz, a Jewish Re-
publican and a pro-Israel main-
stay, is in a grudge match with
the man who defeated him six
years ago, Sen. Paul Wellstone,
a Democrat.

Jesse Helms

Republicans regard the unas-
suming Mr. Wellstone as one of
the most vulnerable Democratic
incumbents; the unabashed lib-
eral is, increasingly, an oddity in
American politics.
But Mr. Wellstone has been a
strong supporter of Israel, and his
domestic positions bring smiles
to the faces of many Jewish ac-
tivists. And his quirky campaign
style, which was enough to un-
seat Mr. Boschwitz in 1990, could
again prove appealing in this odd-
ball state.
So Mr. Boschwitz appears
poised to get strong support from
Jewish Republicans and from
some pro-Israel PACs, which
have worked with him in the past
— but Mr. Wellstone should win
considerable Jewish support, as
Jewish Republicans also are
gearing up to support Rep. Dick
Zimmer (R-N.J.) in his bid to re-
place the retiring Sen. Bill
Bradley, a Democrat. "This is one
we could pick up, and there's a lot
of interest in the race as a result,"
said Matt Brooks, executive di-
rector of the National Jewish

Pays Out

Also on the congressional election
front, a new pro-Israel political
action committee representing
the conservative end of the Jew-
ish spectrum is cranking up its
activity for this year's contests.
In the past few weeks, the
Young Jewish Leadership PAC,
a New York-based group, has
written checks to a number of Re-
publican incumbents and chal-

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