(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Republican strategist John McLaughlin will advise Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign ahead of the March 17 election, Likud sources said Tuesday.
McLaughlin has strategized for Netanyahu and Likud in the past. He will work together with Netanyahu's Israeli strategist Aron Shaviv in the current race.
For more than 30 years McLaughlin has worked successfully for candidates across the United States and internationally. His past clients include six sitting Republican US Senators and 22 Congressmen, including Lee Zeldin, the only Jewish Republican in Congress, He also has had successes with former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Earlier this year he helped Georgia Governor Nathan Deal beat Jason Carter, former US president Jimmy Carter's grandson, who was endorsed by US president Barack Obama.
But in a notable failure, McLaughlin failed to get Republican minority leader Eric Cantor re-elected in Virginia.
In the past, Netanyahu worked with other strategists, including Arthur Finkelstein, who predicted incorrectly ahead of the 2013 election that the Likud Beytenu joint list will win 45 seats. Netanyahu is no longer on good terms with Finkelstein.