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February 21, 2003 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-02-21

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overwhelmingly passed a resolution
expressing solidarity with an embattled
Israel last May, Kucinich voted "pres-
ent." In a statement at the time, he
said the resolution was one-sided.
"If we seek to require the
Palestinians, who do not have their
own state, to adhere to a higher stan-
dard of conduct, should we not also
ask Israel, with over a half-century
experience with statehood, to adhere
to the basic standard of conduct,
including meeting the requirements of
international law?" he asked.
That's likely to create new jitters
among Jewish Democrats, who have
been suffering anxiety attacks ever
since Sharpton entered the race.
"Sharpton will turn off many white
voters and many Jewish voters," said
University of Virginia political scien-
tist Larry Sabato, who said the contro-
versial activist "will sharpen the con-
flicts within the
Democratic Party."
Kucinich is unlikely
to provoke the same
reaction — but "if he
does well in the primar-
ies, it could be one
more factor convincing
some Jews who vote pri- Rep.
marily on the basis of
Israel to switch to the
Republicans," said an
official with a pro-Israel
Mosley-Braun, the
first African-American
woman in the Senate, is
expected to file papers
for an exploratory com-
mittee this week. She
lost her seat in 1998 to
Sen. Peter Fitzgerald in
the face of ethics allega-
tions; now, she's ready for what she
hopes will be the political comeback
of all times.
Kucinich and Braun have not, as
yet, revealed any Jewish roots in their
family trees — which almost makes
them oddballs in the Democratic race.
Recently Kerry found out his grand-
parents were Jewish; several years ago,
Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark, who is said to
be considering a run for the nomina-
tion, revealed that he has rabbis in his
And former Vermont Gov. Howard
Dean, while not Jewish, has a Jewish
wife, and is actively wooing Jewish
campaign contributors around the
Of course, there is only one shul-
attending Jew in the race: Joe

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