For the past three months, a group of President Obama’s Jewish supporters has been getting together for a weekly conference call to discuss strategy. The group, includes, among others, former White House adviser David Axelrod, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Congress members Robert Wexler and Mel Levine, Chicago Jewish activist and attorney Alan Solow, and mega-donor Penny Pritzker.
Together, they have been trying to figure out how to overcome a relatively successful Republican attempt to plant doubts among Jewish voters regarding Obama’s relations with Israel.
The fruits of both their labor and the labor of other campaign and White House officials has become evident in recent weeks: A pro-Israel blitz, which has included conference calls, website updates and opinion articles, and which culminated in the president’s address to the United Nations, has Democrats feeling that they are taking back the initiative.
“We feel really good that when the president’s full and complete record is on the table, the president will do exceedingly well in our community,” said Ira Forman, the Obama campaign director of Jewish outreach. Forman believes that the tide is turning thanks to a concerted effort in recent weeks to “set the record straight,” as his campaign publicity puts it, regarding the president’s relations with Israel.
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