August 01, 2012 at 10:30 am
Adam Hasner, the likely GOP candidate in Florida’s 22nd District, was named as one of five honorary chairs of the Jewish Americans for Mitt Romney coalition.
The other national honorary co-chairs of the Romney Jewish coalition are House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and former U.S. Sens. Norm Coleman and Rudy Boschwitz, both of Minnesota.
Stanley G. Tate, athe well-known philanthropist who started Florida’s famed pre-paid college tuition program, was named to Romney’s Jewish Americans National Advisory Board. In May, Tate resigned from his Miami temple in protest after he learned Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz would be talking about Israel there. Miami’s Temple Israel ultimately canceled Wasserman Schultz’s appearance, citing “security concerns.”
In 1992, Tate was tapped by then-president Clinton to manage the savings and loan cleanup but bitterly withdrew his nomination due to conflicts of interest and lack of oversight at the agency.
Former U.S. ambassador to Italy and Australia Mel Sembler, who now lives in St. Petersburg, and former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas Ned Siegel, who resides in South Florida, were also named to Romney’s 39-member Jewish Advisory Board.
“The Jewish community has made contributions to American society that stand in amazing disproportion to its numbers, and I am genuinely honored to have so many of its leading thinkers, diplomats, and political leaders support my campaign. Having just visited Israel at a critical juncture in the history of the Middle East, I am persuaded that now, more than ever, America needs to stand with Israel,” Romney said in a release.
While Obama got 78 percent of the Florida Jewish vote in 2008, polls show the president has lost signifcant support among in the Jewish community.