Campaign Confidential

Underneath Support For Rudy, Questions

By Jennifer Siegel

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While Rudy may be taking a hit today for his turn coat support of the Bo-Sox, JTA’s Beth Young has a story that reviews his continued favored status among board members of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

According to Young, RJC’s lay leaders have contributed $58,750 to Giuliani, compared to $35,900 for McCain and $31,200 for Romney. (Everyone else is batting $0.)

At the RJC convention in DC, Rudy was definitely the crowd favorite, with a hawkish address that mentioned Ronald Reagan at every turn (Bush who??). But a number of attendees in the crowd told me Rudy was their favored candidate partially because they thought he had the best chance of winning, while they still had love for and/or interest in McCain, Romney and Thompson. Several told me they worried Rudy would never win over the Republican base, or that he would eventually be undone by his “bull in a china shop” persona.

It’s no suprise that the former New York City mayor is ahead with Jewish donors. The open question is if he is igniting enough passion in the GOP to actually win in the primaries and on Election Day.


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