Before Sen. Joe Lieberman visits Temple Solel in Hollywood on Aug. 7 as reported here, he will campaign on behalf of Republican John McCain at the Palm Beach Synagogue, as well as in Tampa.
State Rep. Adam Hasner, who is leading McCain's Jewish outreach, called this blogger to emphasize that the campaign has nothing to do with the smears tying Obama to Islamic terrorists.
"Our message is completely positive,'' he said. "It's not about scare tactics and fearmongering."
The Quinnipiac University poll released today shows Obama leading among Jewish voters in Florida, 65 to 29 percent. In comparison, John Kerry got about 75 percent of the Jewish vote, compared to President Bush with 25 percent.
"Sen. Lieberman is expanding the base of Jewish voters that have never considered voting for a Republican presidential nomninee,'' Hasner said.
But at least one congregant at Temple Solel is not happy about the visit from the former Democratic nominee for vice president-turned Republican groupie. Democratic State Rep. Elaine Schwartz said in an e-mail to the rabbi that Lieberman's visit should be put on hold until a Jewish surrogate for Obama is also scheduled to speak.