Author, spiritual guru to the stars and New Jersey Republican congressional candidate Shmuley Boteach gave a $250 donation to his Democratic opponent, Congressman Bill Pascrell, because he wants them to have a Shabbat “dinner date.” together. In a statement announcing his donation to his rival, Mr. Boteach explained he made the contribution to get Mr. Pascrell’s attention after several unsuccessful attempts to arrange a meal together.
“I’m beginning to feel like the woman who is promised an engagement ring but can never get a wedding date. The Congressman is a very busy man. So I have elected to send a $250 donation to his campaign in the hope that it might attract his attention and we can finally confirm our dinner date,” Mr. Boteach said.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the author, television personality and erstwhile spiritual guru to Michael Jackson, has raised $90,470 since starting his underdog New Jersey congressional campaign last month. Mr. Boteach announced his first quarter fundraising results in a statement today that also touted some of his big name backers; Birthright Israel co-founder Michael Steinhardt, coffee mogul Sunny Sassoon, conservative radio host Dennis Prager, Elie Wiesel’s son, Elisha and House Minority Leader Eric Cantor, whose PAC gave Mr. Boteach $5,000.
“The substantial sum we raised in little over five weeks, since announcing my campaign, is evidence of the passionate desire on the part of Americans for a values-based campaign that dismisses divisive social wedge issues and focuses on fixing the family, combatting materialism and greed, and encouraging service and commitment on the part of America’s citizens,” Mr. Boteach said in a statement. “I am humbled by the support we have gained with our message of dignity through self-reliance and economic renewal through personal accountability and entrepreneurship.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is throwing his support behind the man who calls himself “America’s Rabbi,” Shmuley Boteach, who is running for Congress in New Jersey’s 9th district. Mr. Boteach’s campaign received the maximum $5,000 donation from Mr. Cantor’s political action committee, ERICPAC.
“Eric Cantor is my friend and we study Torah together. An inspired leader, he shares my commitment to values-based policies that are essential to the healing of America,” Mr. Boteach said in a statement announcing the donation. “As the only Jewish Republican in the House, Eric has been a strong advocate for the U.S. Israel relationship. I am honored to have his support and backing.”
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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the former spiritual guru to Michael Jackson, sexpert, and reality television show host who bills himself as “America’s Rabbi” is running for Congress in New Jersey. According to the press release announcing Mr. Boteach’s run for New Jersey’s 9th District, his “historic campaign marks the first time a rabbi is running for Congress on the Republican ticket.” Mr. Boteach promises to focus on “returning authentic American values to the forefront” while “de-emphasizing the cultural distractions that are deeply dividing the nation.”
“We’re seeing in our great nation are not caused by an economic downturn but by a values erosion. The values that have dominated the American political landscape for decades include an obsession with gay marriage and abortion,” Mr. Boteach said on his website. “It’s time to expand the values conversation and policy agenda.”