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U.S. President Barack Obama has selected former National Jewish Democratic Council chief Ira Forman as its Jewish outreach director in a bid to secure Jewish votes for his re-election campaign, a JTA report said Wednesday.

“I am truly honored to be able to work toward President Obama’s re-election,” Forman said in a statement. “This President deserves the backing of our community for his outstanding support for the U.S.-Israel relationship and his strong record on domestic priorities and shared social values.”

Forman is expected to play a key role in courting Jewish voters, a demographic whose support has waned in light of the U.S. president’s Middle East policy. An Obama campaign official said that the selection of Forman was largely based on his reputation for being one of the nation’s foremost experts on Jewish community voting trends.

 

“Nobody knows the intersection of the Jewish community and Democratic politics better than Ira Forman, a nationally respected leader in both areas,” the official said.

 

The hire of Forman, the source added, “shows the campaign’s commitment to working with the Jewish community and keeping the lines of communication open through dialogue and outreach.”

 

Forman worked for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in the late 1970s, and later worked in the Clinton administration before beginning his 14-year career at the NJDC.