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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2012 II Jewus arrla TJCDate Profile: Yifat613 ABOUT ME" Creative, funny, warm-hearted, religious, and a great cook! Looking to settle down, but not to settle. MY LIFE & AMBITIONS: I'm a graphic designer, sick of doing bar mitzvah invitations, looking to take my career to the next level. ON OUR FIRST DATE, REMIND ME TO TELL YOU THE STORY ABOUT... How a refrigerator light left on over Shabbat led to my losing a roommate. DON'T BOTHER ASKING ME TO... ...Come to your Shabbat dinner if your idea of a fine wine is "the blue bottle." By Zach Silberman WASHINGTON (JTA)--Jew- ish Republicans nationwide are hoping that a heated congres- sional race rematch in the New York suburbs puts a second Jewish Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. Following a narrow 593 -vote defeat two years ago to Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.), Jewish businessman RandyAltschuler again is running against the incumbent in New York's 1st Congressional District, which encompasses parts of Suffolk County. Two years ago the New York Jewish Week reported that the district's Jewish population was at 6 percent, but dropping. The margin could still have an impact on the general election, particularly since itwas so close in 2010, according to David Har- ris, president and CEO of the National Jewish Democratic Council. The primary is June 26. "There's not a huge Jewish community, butthere certainly are Jews in the district and whenever there are Jews pres- ent in a close race like this, the Jewishvote can play an outsized role," he said. Observers also are watch- ing closely since the district is known for a tendency to swing its presidential vote, favoring Barack Obama in 2008 and George W. Bush in 2004. The recent round of redistricting has left the district relatively unchanged, with 35,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats, according to the Long Island Press. The campaign differs sub- stantially from the most recent New York race that drew na- tional Jewish focus. Last year, Republican Bob Turner bested Democrat David Weprin in the race to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) in the heavily Jewish 9th District. Dissatisfac- tion among Jewish voters over President Obama's support for Israel was a major issue in that campaignwhilejobs seem to be the focus in the rematch. The 1st District race might not have that a strong Jew- ish flavor, but the potential for Altschuler to join House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as the second Republi- can in Congress is significant, according to Matthew Brooks, the director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. "I think he [Altschuler] will be a common sense leader who is a proven, successful businessman and understands how the economy works," he said. "He knows how to create jobs and obviously as a Jewish Republican he is a strong, pas- sionate and articulate defender of Israel." ForAltschuler to succeed, he will have to disprove the results of a recently released poll by the Bishop campaign. It showed its candidate with a 17-point lead over the likely challenger. Altschuler is one of several Jewish Republicans drawing attention from RJC supporters. Others include Adam Hasner, competing for a House seat in the Florida delegation, and former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel, both vying for Senate spots. Altschuler, who has family living in Haifa, Israel, said his Courtesy Randy Altschuler for Congress Randy Altschuler (r), a Republican candidate in the race for New York's 1st congressional district, campaigning with Rep. Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader and the only Republican Jewish lawmaker in Congress, during Altshuler's losing 2010 race against Rep. Tim Bishop. Jamie Weliver/USFWS U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.), who is facing a tough re-election bid against Republican Randy Altschuler in New York's first congressional district, meets officials of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Shirley, N.Y., May 17, 2010. supportfortheJewishstatehas fortune outsourcing Ameri- a"personal element to it." can jobs to India and Sri "IthinkfortheUnitedStates Lanka, and now he's running of America a strong Israel is for Congress to lower his own absolutely critical," he told taxes and the taxes of other JTA. "When I talk about that, I millionaires andbillionaires," taikaboutthebenefitsastrong Suffolk County Democratic Israel provides to America." Committee Chairman Rich Forhispart, BishoptoldJTA, Schaffer said in a statement. "Maintaining our relationship "That doesn't play well in Suf- with Israel is crucial to stability folk County." in the Middle East." Altschuler countered that he Like many areas, Suffolk "createdoverathousandjobsin County has been hit hard by America, and I've created jobs the economic downturn.Yet, it aroundtheworldbecause I have has recently seen a decrease in an international business." unemployment. Since Febru- Aitschuler also believes that ary, when the unemployment campaign adjustments he's rate reached 8.3 percent, the made this time will make the level there has dropped to 7.5 difference. percent. In the 2010 race, he was "My focus is on strengthen- ahead on election night by ing the middle class and I think 3,400votes, butwould lose one the people of this district--as month later after a recount. well as the people of this coun- The lack of an absentee ballot try--are going to be presented program in his campaign made with a real choice and they the difference, he said. are two conflicting visions of "That was the first time I how you achieve economic ever ran for office and I learned stability," Bishop said, noting a lotas acandidate,"Altschuler hewiUcontinuetoconcentrate said. "The first thing I learned on sustaining the middle class, was to have an absentee ballot Altschuler has released a program." 10-pointjobsplanthatoutlines Altschuler was again to face waystojumpstartLongIsland's his 2010 primary opponent, economy. It calls for finding attorney George Demos. Two ways to reform and simplify weeks ago Demos withdrew, the tax code, cutting taxes, saying he wanted to focus on easing regulations on small hisupcomingwedding, leaving businesses, and providing tax Altschuler as the Republican credits to businesses hiring favorite. veterans. Altschuler's supporters also "These are very practical hope that having presumed steps that I can take as a GOP presidential candidate congressman to help the job Mitt Romney at the top of market grow,"Altschuler said. the party's ticket will be the During a press conference boost they need. Just under 52 last month to announce his percent of the district's voters jobs plan, Altschuler criticized cast for Obama in 2008. Bishop's tenure as the "failed "Romney is actually very administrator" of Southamp- popular in Suffolk County and ton College, which closed in he will probably win Randy's 2005, three years after Bishop district," said Laurence Zuriff, was elected to Congress. the Aitschuler campaign's fi- Bishop spokesman Olivernancechairman. "Thatshould Longwell told the Southamp- beapositivedrawforRandythat ton Patch that the remark was he did not have in 2010." "anabsolutelybaselesscharge." Jeffrey Segal, the chairman In2010,Altschulerwascriti- of the political science depart- cized for outsourcingjobs from ment at Stony Brook University, his business support services doesnotthinkitwillbeenough. company, Office Tiger, to India "I think that Bishop will win and Sri Lanka. Surrogates for and more comfortably than he Bishoparetakingupthecharge won last time," Segal said. "He once again, won last time in a historically "Randy Altschuler made a bad year for Democrats."