Remember that post on Lieberman and the Jewish vote? Well, this is interesting. I received notice this morning of an email sent yesterday to members of JewsVote.org about push polling in Florida targeting Jewish voters. Here ya go:
We woke up this morning with a disturbing email in our in-box. It said that in the past few days, Florida voters have started receiving push polls, or fake polls in which the caller “pushes” an untruth about a candidate by phrasing it as a question.
I spoke to one recipient of the push poll. Joelna Marcus received a phone call to her Key West residence that went like this:
She was asked if she is Jewish, and she replied in the affirmative.
She was asked if she was religious.
She was then asked if her opinion of Barack Obama would change if she knew that Obama had given lots and lots of money to the PLO.
Joelna told me the caller admited that the calls were meant for Jews only. And the firm sending the calls, Research Strategies, has a history of working for Republican candidates.
This is just the beginning, and it will only get worse.
These slimy tactics are employed during campaigns because they are effective. The mistake we have made in years past was our collective failure to respond. Yes, the campaign has the primary responsibility to fight against these lies. But if we don’t want to wake up on November 5 to a McCain/Palin victory, all of us have to fight back as well.
If everyone on this list sent ONE email to 100 people, we could reach hundreds of thousands… not even counting those who forward your email to their friends and family.
I’d like to recommend one email in particular, an email we wrote in response to numerous requests from the JewsVote community. It is titled “You voted Kerry, so why vote McCain?” and it addresses many of the most common reasons Jewish voters remain unsure about Obama. Once you log in to my.JewsVote.org, you will find it in the Send Email section.
Thank you for taking the time to make a difference in this election.
Mik Moore & Ari Wallach
Jewish Council for Education & Research
This email was sent from JewsVote.org, a project of the Jewish Council for Education & Research and is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. To learn more about the Jewish Council for Education & Research, visit http://jcer.info. If you are interested in sharing emails like this with your friends and family, go to http://jewsvote.org
Here’s another article: US Jews report calls disparaging Obama.
The PLO assertion goes back to a friendship between Obama and Columbia University professor and pro-Palestinian activist Rashid Khalidi. Obama sat on the board of an organization which granted Khalidi’s organization some money … six years ago … when Khalidi was teaching in Chicago. What a ridiculously loose connection on which to base the foundation of this push poll.