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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 23, 2009 By James D. Besser New York Jewish Week Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's fledgling 2012 presidential campaign hopes to make inroads with a Jewish community that one of his top supporters says is now "center-right" in political alignment. Former Sen. Norm Cole- man (R-Minn.), who lost his seat last year to political newcomer AI Franken, a Democrat, is the go-to guy for the politician nicknamed "T-Paw" in the Jewish com- munity, according to Repub- lican Jewish Coalition director Matt Brooks. Coleman has been a popular speaker and fundraiser for the GOP group. "What Tim has is appeal to center-right voters," Cole- man told The Jewish Week in a telephone interview. "And I believe that more and more in the Jewish community see Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty may have crossover appeal, according to former Sen. Norm Coleman, who is now Pawlenty's go-to guy in the Jewish community. themselves as center-right. That doesn't mean you aban- don the most conservative in the party; they're part of the mix. But the ability to draw independents is critical." In recent weeks Pawlenty has been doing all the things presidential hopefuls do in the early stages of a presidential race: assembling an inner political brain trust, creating a political action committee, stumping the country on behalf of other Republican candidates, banking politi- cal IOUs and establishing a presence in Iowa, where the early caucuses will be the first major hurdle for 2012 presidential aspirants. And he's starting to work the Jewish community, and especially Jewish campaign donors, who play a particu- larly important role in the early stages of presidential campaigns. Coleman, not surprisingly, is optimistic that Pawlenty, not exactly a household name to Jewish voters, is well positioned to do what so many other Republicans have failed to do: attract a much bigger chunk of the Jewish presidential vote. "His appeal to Jewish voters will be the same as for voters across the board," Coleman said. "He is thoughtful and smart, he understands that our party has to unite and reach out rather than divide. He knows how to get things done. The qualities he has I wish more in our party had." Does that sound like a pointed criticism of the right- ward tilt of the party in recent years? Maybe, but Coleman doesn't put it in such stark terms. The nation has turned center-right, he argues, and the Jewish community has turned along with it--despite last year's election results, which saw 78 percent of the Jewish vote go to President Barack Obama despite efforts to portray him as hostile to Israel. Coleman believes Pawlen- ty's views on taxes and small business will appeal to many Jewish voters, but other ob- servers say his anti-abortion and pro-gun positions may carry more weight. Jewish Democrats say those positions may harden in the GOP primaries as Pawlenty slugs it out with former Mas- sachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and possibly former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin-- fights that could highlight his connection to a religious right faction many political scientists say is the biggest reason the long-predicted Jewish shift to the GOP never happens. "Pawlenty will have to be to the right of Generalissimo Franco to win the Republican nomination," said Ira Forman, director of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC). "When he's done running to the right in the primary campaigns, he'll be lucky to get 15 percent of the national Jewish vote." On the other hand, the recentAmerican Jewish Com- mittee Survey of Jewish Public Opinion points to a small decline in Jews identifying as Democrats and a four-point increase in those who say they are Independent. So there may be hope some GOP contender could do better than Sen. John McCain, who mustered 22 percent of the Jewish vote last November. For all GOP contenders, a big factor in 2012 will be Barack Obama's first-term performance--and whether efforts by the right to portray him as hostile to Israel stick with Jewish voters. James D. Besser is the Washington correspondent for the New York Jewish Week, from which this article was reprinted by permission. By Eric Fingerhut WASHINGTON (JTA)--A Jewish security network will be used as a national model by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Secure Community Network, established 4 1/2 years ago by the Conference of Presidents of MajorAmerican Jewish Organizations and the Jewish Federations of North America, will be expanded "to include other communities as well," said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in a speech late last month on preparedness. "They're a benchmark of what we'd like to be doing with other groups," said Wil- liam Flynn, acting assistant secretary of infrastructure protection for the Department of Homeland Security in an interview with JTA. "They've got a network and a means of reaching out--they're proactive." For example, Flynn said his department has 96 infra- structure security specialists throughout the United States that SCN has been connecting with local Jewish organiza- tions for security reviews. Homeland Security also partners with SCN to hold webinars providing advice to Jewish groups on how to spot security risks. And the depart- ment has worked with SCN on special Jewish community events such as the annual JCC Maccabi Games. With a four-person staff, SCN also disseminates in- formation it receives from Homeland Security on secu- rity threats through its alert system to more than 500 member institutions. "We bring them in and brief them at the classified level," Flynn said. Paul Goldenberg, national director of SCN, said giving law enforcement a central address for security matters in the Jewish world helps both sides. Prior to SCN, informing in- stitutions of a potential threat was much more cumbersome. In one instance, FBI officials received a potential threat to Jewish institutions andvisited a few New York-area syna- gogues to spread the word. SCN Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano accepts certificates of appreciation from Secure Community Network officials Stephen Hoffman (c) and Paul Goldenberg.Napolitano cited SCN as a national model for security networks. With SCN, one phone call can apprise everyone at risk. And SCN can provide "credible information" and a "consistent and singular message" to the community," Goldenberg said. Goldenberg already has been involved in several meetings at Homeland Security on expanding SCN and been asked to be part of a team to work on the issue. He said it makes sense that the Jewish community would be a trailblazer on this issue because it is the community where it is most needed. "SCN wasn't created out of paranoia," Goldenberg said. "Unfortunately it's a matter of record that members of the Jewish community have been killed and attacked in the past decade," either by Muslim extremists or white supremacists. "Law enforcement consid- ers the Jewish community an extremely vulnerable com- munity to terrorism," he said. Flynn said Homeland Secu- rity won't necessarily be set- ting up mini-versions of SCNs for every other major faith community, but would be looking to use the SCN model to work with communities that have "some kind of con- cern for security "--whether it might be a network of Catholic or Muslim schools or, for in- stance, a regional consortium of energy companies. "Groups that we believe are not getting information" they need are going to be targeted for inclusion, Flynn said. Stephen Hoffman, then the CEO of Jewish Federations, said he and Presidents Confer- ence Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein came up with the idea for SCN during his organization's 2003 Gen- eral Assembly in Israel. After two synagogues in Turkey that week came under terrorist attack, they decided that "we really need to bolster security in our community." "It's very gratifying to see years of careful thinking and planning and execution being recognized by a top official in the land---saying 'Yeah, you got it right,' "said Hoffman, now the president of the Jew- ish Community Federation of Cleveland. ,eayuers m By Ron Kaplan New Jersey Jewish News Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers) led the National League with 203 hits and was among the top 10 NL batters in runs scored (113), doubles (39), RBI (114), bat- ting average (.320), slugging percentage (.551), and OPS (On-base + slugging, .937). lan Kinsler (Texas Rang- ers) became the second JML to achieve membership in the rare 30 home run/30 stolen bases--Shawn Green was the other--with 31 of each. He finished in the top 10 AL batters in runs scored (101) and stolen bases. Despite missing 26 games with various injuries, Kevin Youkilis (Boston Red Sox) finished second among AL batters in on-base per- centage (.413), OPS (.961), and was fifth in slugging (.548). Ryan Braun Scott Feldman (Texas) and Jason Marquis (Colorado Rockies) finished in their league's top five for wins (17 and 15, respectively). They each had 115 strikeouts. Feldman finished with a 4.04 earned run average while Marquis was right behind at 4.08. If not for poor outings in their final starts, they both would have enjoyed ERAs under 4.00, considered by many as the watershed for good pitching. Relievers John Grabow (Pirates/Cubs) and Craig Breslow (Indians/As) each had an ERA of 3.36. Grabow finished in the NL top 10 for holds (23). The 2009 season marked the debuts for several JML. Ryan Sadowski (San Fran- cisco Giants) started like a house afire, allowing just seven hits in 13 scoreless innings and picking up wins in his first two starts. Unfor- tunately, the next four were pretty much meltdowns, which may explain why the Giants designated him for as- signment. Sam Fuld (Cubs) flashed some nice leather, used mostly as a defensive replacement. How nice that he got a home run--his Kevin Youkilis first--on the last day of the season. Other rookies hoping to make more of an impact in 2010: fireballer Aaron Poreda, traded from the White Sox to the Padres, and Josh Whitesell, a first basemen for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who had bet- ter find the long-ball power he exhibited in the minors if he wants another chance. Will 2009 be the last go-around for a couple of veterans? Brad Ausmus (Los Angeles Dodgers), now 40, is rumored to be under consid- eration for the managing job in Houston. And Gabe Kapler (Tampa Bay Rays) earned $1,000,018 as a capable bench player, biat in this time of austerity, the ballclub might want to fill the spot with a less-expensive rookie. Finally, it's difficult to say anything bad about Scott Schoeneweis (Arizona), who lost his wife in May. His sta- tistics were dreadful, but at the end of the day, it's just a game. Ausmus and the Dodg- ers were moving on to the NL Championship series. Youkilis and the Red Sox were swept in three games by the Los Angeles Angels. lan Kinsler Marquis and the Rockies were also eliminated, falling to the Philadelphia Phillies in four games. Ron Kaplan is the features editor of the New Jersey Jewish News from which this article was reprinted by permission.