Were al­leged an­tisemitic at­tacks ef­fec­tive?

The Jerusalem Post - - US MIDTERM ELECTIONS - • By BEN SALES

In the fi­nal weeks of the midterm elec­tion cam­paign, Demo­cratic can­di­dates in six states were tar­geted in cam­paign ads by their Repub­li­can op­po­nents, in al­leged an­tisemitic at­tacks. Many saw the ads as echo­ing an­tisemitic tropes.

The at­tacks mostly in­volved pic­tures of Jewish can­di­dates clutch­ing money – a com­mon an­tisemitic as­so­ci­a­tion – and were de­nounced and de­bated. But were they ef­fec­tive?

Kim Schrier, Wash­ing­ton, House

The Wash­ing­ton state Repub­li­can Party sent out fliers show­ing Schrier, who ran in the eighth dis­trict, hold­ing a wad of cash. With 64% of precincts in fa­vor, Schrier held a nearly six-point lead over Repub­li­can Dino Rossi.

Dan Fee­han, Min­nesota, House

The Na­tional Repub­li­can Con­gres­sional Com­mit­tee ran ads claim­ing Fee­han, who is hop­ing to flip the state’s first dis­trict, is a tool of Jewish fi­nancier Ge­orge Soros, a lead­ing lib­eral donor. Soros is shown in the ad be­hind piles of cash. Fee­han lost.

Matt Lesser, Con­necti­cut, Se­nate

Ed Chara­mut, Lesser’s Repub­li­can op­po­nent, sent a mailer show­ing Lesser grin­ning while clutch­ing a hand­ful of $100 bills. The mailer went out on Oc­to­ber 30, three days af­ter the Pitts­burgh sy­n­a­gogue shoot­ing that left 11 wor­shipers dead. Chara­mut at first claimed the mailer was not an­tisemitic, but later his cam­paign apol­o­gized. Lesser won.

Jesse Kiehl, Alaska, Se­nate

An ad tar­geted Kiehl, which was run by the Repub­li­can Women of Juneau showed a man stuff­ing a wad of cash into his pocket. Kiehl beat his op­po­nent, Dan Etheridge.

Josh Lowen­thal, Cal­i­for­nia, State Assem­bly

Tyler Diep, Lowen­thal’s Repub­li­can op­po­nent, sent out a mailer show­ing Lowen­thal grin­ning while clutch­ing dol­lar bills. The ad ac­cuses Lowen­thal of putting peo­ple at risk “just so he could make a quick buck.” Lowen­thal lost.

Sara John­son Roth­man, Penn­syl­va­nia, State House

In­cum­bent State Rep. Todd Stephens, a Repub­li­can, ran a TV ad show­ing John­son Roth­man hold­ing a wad of cash. Roth­man’s hus­band is Jewish, and the ad dropped her maiden name, even though she rou­tinely uses it. Roth­man nar­rowly lost to Stephens.


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