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.”
ERICPAC, which stands for “Every Republican is Crucial” provides financial support to candidates backed by Mr. Cantor. The committee’s stated mission is to return America to “our conservative roots” and “take our country back, House district by House district.”
Prior to entering politics, Mr. Boteach became famous as an author, reality show host and spiritual guru to Michael Jackson. So far, Mr. Boteach seems to have a clear path to the Republican nomination in the 9th district, but he’ll face a tough competition if he makes it to the general election. As a result of redistricting, two incumbents are battling for the Democratic nomination in the district. Congressman Steve Rothman moved into the area after his old home was put into a conservative district. Mr. Rothman will be challenging his friend, Congressman Bill Pascrell, for the chance to run on the Democratic ticket.