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October 17, 2012 12:17 pm

Romney Campaign Adviser Mulls Knesset Run

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Political Consultant Jonny Daniels.

Jonny Daniels, who is currently acting as an adviser to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign on issues involving Israel, has been asked to run for a seat in The Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, and is strongly considering the option The Algemeiner has learned.

A source with knowledge of the matter told The Algemeiner that Likud party officials and mayors approached Daniels about running for the reserved ‘safe seat for a new immigrant’ on the Likud Knesset list.

Daniels, who arrived in Israel eight years ago from his native England, has worked in the office of Knesset member Danny Danon,  as well as for Glenn Beck and Herman Cain during the latter’s failed attempt to secure the Republican nomination for president. Approached by members of Romney’s staff following Cain’s failed campaign, he has been travelling the United States trying to gather support for the Republican presidential nominee. So far, he told The Algemeiner the response has been overwhelming. “I’ve been all over the country and everywhere I go people are highly supportive of Israel,” he says. “The vast majority of the people understand we have a problem with the current president in terms of Israel. They might not be able to vote for Romney because they disagree with him on everything else, but they understand he’s good for Israel. ”

Daniels, who is only 26, says that not being an American actually has its advantages in campaigning for a presidential nominee. “Not being a citizen of The United States I can’t vote. There’s one issue that concerns me and that’s the future of my country, the state of Israel. There’s a president now who has a very clear bias against the state of Israel. We need to say hold on, we’re losing a very close ally, and that’s not reflective of the people.'” He continued, “Do we want another four years of overwhelming pressure from the President. Or four years of friendship with President Romney?”

As for his possible run for a seat in the Knesset, Daniels says he’s still mulling it over. “I’m strongly deliberating. I need to decide if I can do more for the state of Israel and the Jewish people from inside the Knesset or outside of it. I’m going to go home tonight, talk with my wife—she’ll probably try to persuade me against it—and then we’ll make up our minds.”

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