Daily Israel Report

Jewish Democrats Grayson and Frankel Win in Florida

Lois Frankel and Alan Grayson, both Jewish Democrats, won congressional seats in Florida.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 11/7/2012, 7:07 PM

Supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama celebrate during his election night victory
Supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama celebrate during his election night victory
Reuters

Jewish Democrats seeking congressional seats fared better in Tuesday’s election than Jewish Republicans.

Lois Frankel and Alan Grayson, both Jewish Democrats, won congressional seats in Florida.

On Tuesday, Frankel, 64, a former member of the Florida House and an ex-mayor of West Palm Beach, defeated Adam Hasner, a former majority leader in the Florida state Senate who also is Jewish.

Grayson, 54, a fiery progressive who had been unseated in the Republican electoral surge in 2010, returned to the House by defeating Todd Long in a newly created Orlando-area district.

He won a national following with his outspoken defense of health care reform and relentless assault on his GOP opposition.

In New Jersey, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a Republican with strong financial backing from Jewish philanthropist Sheldon Adelson, failed to win a new congressional seat in his match against Democrat incumbent Bill Pascrell, Jr.

In Ohio, Treasurer Josh Mandel failed in his bid to unseat Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Mandel, a former Marine, is a strong ally of organized labor and a pillar of the Democratic Party's progressive wing.

Virginia’s Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, remains the only Jewish Republican in Congress.

Congress, however, remains with a Republican majority.