Kevin McCarthy Courts Upstate New York Orthodox Jews In Bid to Save House Majority
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has made at least three pilgrimages to upstate New York recently to confer with Orthodox Jewish leaders who head voting blocs critical to swing-district Republicans.
The trips come as McCarthy eyes a path to saving his razor-thin five seat House majority — much of which he owes to a red wave that hit New York, even while skipping the rest of the country.
“We have a lot in common, when you think about it,” McCarthy, 58 and a devout Baptist, said of his rapport with leading rabbis. “The more they look at the policies Republicans have with freedom, and family, and freedom of religion I think it’s making a difference, especially in upstate.“
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