(VIDEO & PHOTO LINKS AT END OF ARTICLE) While the pundits and media continue to anoint Barak Obama the winner of Tuesday’s forthcoming election, the only numbers that matter are the final tally and by the looks of Sen. John McCain’s feverish schedule and the tightening poll numbers it seems too many that it would be premature to declare any winner just yet. The campaign continued its outreach Thursday evening with a McCain event in Brooklyn NY that brought together Orthodox Jewish leaders from across the country via teleconference. The gathering took place in the home of noted community activist, Mr. Elly Kleinman who opened the evening with thanks to the gathered group of community activists, organizers and to the McCain Campaign for reaching out to the Orthodox community in search of victory this coming Tuesday. Mr. Kleinman noted the numerous cities representing thousands of Jewish voters in battleground states.
Participating cities in the teleconference included;
Detroit Michigan, Cincinnati Ohio, Cleveland Ohio,
South bend Indiana, Miami Florida, Los Angeles California, Denver, Colorado
Philadelphia, PA, Lakewood NJ, and many others.
Many thanks must be given to the committed activists and leaders in those cities for participating.
Welcoming the gathering on behalf of the campaign was McCain campaign advisor on Jewish affairs Mark Broxmayer. Thanking the representatives around the country for their time and commitment, Mr. Broxmeyer noted that Senator McCain was gratified that the Orthodox community is in fact very supportive of his campaign and urged the thousands in the Orthodox Jewish community to stand up and be counted.
Headlining this gathering and acting as surrogate for the McCain/ Palin campaign was well known Republican Congressman Peter King. Mr. King was warmly introduced by the evenings Chairman, Chaskel Bennett who noted the unique position the Congressman holds as former chairman and ranking member of the Homeland security committee.
Said Mr. Bennett: “Rep. King as Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee knows and understands the unique security threats our Jewish institutions and communities face. Congressman King has been a leader in the ongoing effort to have Homeland Security funding based on threat analysis and is a strong supporter of Israel and the war against international Islamic terrorism, both at home and abroad.
Continued Mr. Bennett: “Thru the efforts of Congressman King and his committee and with the vital guidance of major organizations like Agudath Israel of America and others, Many Yeshiva day schools and religious institutions have had major security upgrades and enhancements. Yeshiva school administrators from around the country know very well the importance of your work and its impact on our community. We truly appreciate your continued friendship and leadership.”
Congressman King urged the Jewish community to strongly support John McCain who has shown time and again steadfast leadership on so many issues. He noted, “Now is not the time to take chances. We need an adult in the Whitehouse, someone who sees the real threat of a nuclear Iran. A staunch supporter of Israel like Sen. McCain who understands the danger and threat of Islamic Terrorism. Sen. McCain is a proven reformer who recognizes that we should reward success and achievement not penalize those that do well.” Discussing his support for school choice the Congressman made very clear how in tune Sen. McCain is with the values of the Orthodox community. Urging the gathering and those on the conference call to rally the troops in support of the McCain –Palin ticket, Congressman King reminded all of the grave threats the United States face both on the home front and internationally.” “Its like they (Democrats) forgot that 9/11 even happened!”
Congressman King, Campaign National chairman Mark Broxmeyer and Mr. Bennett urged the community to contact as many people as possible in the battleground states to vote for the Republican team. Call your contacts, your friends and family. Email, phone, fax whatever it takes –every single vote counts.
The campaign announced an innovative way for volunteers to help via the Internet. Below is the link to their Jewish online phone-bank set to make phone calls to our identified Jewish phone numbers in the GOTV PA outreach. Click on Pennsylvania as the state and please feel free to interject the word Jew or Jewish voter in the outlined script. “As we all know, this can have a big impact in PA so encourage everyone you know to participate”. Click HERE for the link.
(Yehuda Drudgestein – YWN NYC)