Netanyahu Gets Republican Strategist for Campaign

John McLaughlin picked to again lead Netanyahu's elections push, after much success - but also notable failure with Eric Cantor.

Ari Yashar ,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has hired American strategist John McLaughlin of the Republican party to manage his campaign ahead of the March 17 Knesset elections.

McLaughlin has over 30 years of international experience as a strategist and pollster, and ran Netanyahu's campaign ahead of his 2009 election victory.

He has worked with six Republican Senators and 22 Congressmen, and managed the campaigns of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

However, McLaughlin also recorded an impressive failure this last year, when he failed to get Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor re-elected in Virginia. David Brat of the Tea Party movement unseated Cantor, making him reportedly the first incumbent majority leader to fail in re-elections in over 100 years.

Netanyahu has in fact employed American strategists on numerous occasions - in the last election, he hired Arthur Finkelstein who incorrectly predicted the joint Knesset list of Likud and Yisrael Beytenu would win 45 seats - instead they won 33.

And Netanyahu isn't the only one; in the last elections the Labor party hired Stanley Greenberg who served in Democratic party campaigns for many years.




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