Campaign Confidential

Jewish Influence in Capital Soars

By Brett Lieberman

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It’s difficult to quantify whether Jews are in line to hold any sort of a record number of top positions in the Obama administration or the next Congress, but it’s clear that a large number of Jews stand to serve in key positions.

Among the latest is U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman.

The California Democrat dethroned Michigan’s John Dingell to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The panel has jurisdiction over critical areas including potential legislation setting pollution standards, health care and energy policy.

Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia will be the No. 2 Republican leader in the House, where Reps. Robert Wexler and Debbie Wasserman Schultz saw their stocks go up after their campaign efforts on behalf of President-elect Barack Obama in Florida.

In addition to Rahm Emanuel as Obama’s chief of staff, Ron Klain will play the same role for Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod will serve as a senior advisor to the president.

Penny Pritzker, the Hyatt hotel heiress, was supposedly in line to head the Commerce Department, but The Washington Post says she’s unlikely to take the job. Politico quotes unnamed officials saying she took herself out of the running because of concerns that past business dealings would pose confirmation problems.

Pritzker was named one of the top picks on this year’s Forward 50 list.

Another name being thrown around for a possible administration posts include Larry Summers at Treasury.


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Comments
A. Shriber Sat. Nov 22, 2008

"Jewish Influence in Capital Soars" This is hog wash. Just because a member of Congress has a Jewish name or his or her parents or some ancestor was Jewish doesn't mean that he or she is Jewish much less govern for the benefit of Jews. There is no such thing as "Jewish influence." You are jsut aping the antisemites with this provocative headline.

Mohamed Thu. Jan 22, 2009

This shows to prove that jews are advancing their zionist agenda's all across america. AIPAC is the most powerful lobby--imagine that, a foreign country.

getefferm Fri. Apr 10, 2009

Отличный блог, интересное и полезное содержание!




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