NJDC Veteran Forman To Lead Obama Jewish Outreach

Say what you will about the POTUS, but he does seem to pick some qualified appointees (though the Treasury secretary who didn’t pay his taxes is perhaps not a good example.)

In picking a Jewish outreach coordinator for his re-election campaign, Barack Obama tapped the man who literally wrote the book on Jews in politics (actually, an anthology of Jewish politicians), Ira Forman. The former director of the National National Jewish Democratic Council, also worked for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in the late 1970s, and later in the Clinton administration before his 14-year stint at the NJDC, said JTA, which broke the news of Forman’s appointment today.

“I am truly honored to be able to work toward President Obama’s re-election,” Forman said in a statement. “This President deserves the backing of our community for his outstanding support for the U.S.-Israel relationship and his strong record on domestic priorities and shared social values.”

Forman has his work cut out for him building the President’s 60 percent approval rating as of June to something closer to the 77 percent of the 2008 vote that helped propel him to the White House.


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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.