Fred and Jay Zeidman, two prominent Houston-based Republicans who are influential in the Jewish community, have decided to support Ted Cruz, they told POLITICO on Thursday.
Fred Zeidman, who sits on the board of the Republican Jewish Coalition — along with GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson — was previously a bundler for Jeb Bush and is a longtime Bush family donor. He was also appointed by George W. Bush to chair the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Jay Zeidman, his son, also raised money for Jeb Bush and is close with Bush’s son, George P. Bush. The younger Zeidman is also active with the Republican Jewish Coalition, and he said he plans to make the case for Cruz to other RJC members at their spring meeting in Las Vegas next month.
“After watching Mr. Trump and the Senator speak at AIPAC this week, it is clear that the Senator stands firmly with Israel,” Jay Zeidman wrote in an email, referencing appearances by both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz at the annual conference held by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “On that premise alone, we have decided to contribute and help Ted. Israel cannot afford to have someone like Mr. Trump in the Oval Office, and one certainly does not prove that he is pro-Israel because he was the grand marshal in a parade or that his daughter has birthed a Jewish child.”
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