By Marc Stanley
Today, Senator John Edwards ended his Presidential campaign. We here at NJDC hope his decision about this race will not spell the end of his brilliant and important political career.
Senator Edwards - as much as any figure in public life today - has called on America’s conscience to care for those members of society who are struggling. Our Jewish tradition does the same. Senator Edward’s public life has been centered around repairing the world – a principle that is referred to in Jewish tradition as Tikkun Olam. We were reminded of this today, when he ended his campaign in the place where it began: New Orleans. The Senator has eloquently called for the physical repair of this great city, and passionately called for repair of the wounds which divide us – poverty, war, and cynicism.
We were proud to stand with Senator Edwards in 2004 when he represented our party as its nominee for Vice President of the United States. And, we were proud when he stood with our community, holding Senator Cheney accountable for the Bush administration’s coddling of a Saudi government which seeks harm to Israel.
In 2008 the Democratic Party has been blessed with a remarkably talented field of Presidential candidates. It is sad that only one of these wonderful public servants will have the opportunity to represent our party in November. When we celebrate the eventual nominee it is important that we never forget the service provided by the all the candidates who put their lives and careers on hold to fight to make life better for all of us.
Marc Stanley is Chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council