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Celebrity Englewood Rabbi Enters 9th District Congressional Race (Shmuley Boteach)
Fort Lee Patch ^ | February 3, 2012 | Noah Cohen

Posted on 02/04/2012 3:38:22 PM PST by ChicagoHebrew

Three Republicans, including an Englewood rabbi, are seeking the GOP nomination to run in the new 9th Congressional District.

The three are vying for a chance to compete against Rep. Steve Rothman or Rep. Bill Pascrell, both Democrats, are engaged in a primary fight for the redrawn 9th District.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a talk show host and author of books including “Kosher Jesus” and “Kosher Sex,” told Bergen’s Republican Organization he wants to be the nominee, according to a report on politickernj.com. The congressional run is Boteach’s first bid for public office.

Boteach and Rothman, a former Englewood mayor, were among a group that worked to prevent former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi from setting up camp in the city.

Blase Billack and Bruce Wrede, both Saddle Brook residents, are also seeking the Republican nomination, northjersey.com reported.

Billack is an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at St. John’s University.

“I cannot just sit back anymore and passively accept the failure of our government to represent us, our needs and our values,” Billack said on his campaign website.

Wrede is a senior technician at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, according to northjersey.com. He ran unsuccessfully for Saddle Brook council and was an aide to former State Sen. Louis Kosco.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: boteach; congress; gop; judaism
On the plus side, if elected, it'd be pretty much guaranteed that he wouldn't break his campaign pledge to always oppose pork.
1 posted on 02/04/2012 3:38:40 PM PST by ChicagoHebrew
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To: ChicagoHebrew; justiceseeker93

It’s a long shot in that district. A better shot is Adam Hasner, who’s running for Congress in southern Florida.


2 posted on 02/04/2012 3:40:48 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: ChicagoHebrew

Boteach will NOT win the Jewish vote in the district, in the primary or the general.

Just another self-aggrandizing adventure for Boteach.

JMHO... He upsets the Orthodox and conservative Jewish communities for his strange Kaballah twist, he upsets the reform/secular Jewish vote due to many factors.


3 posted on 02/04/2012 3:47:55 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander; Clintonfatigued
He upsets the Orthodox and conservative Jewish communities for his strange Kaballah twist, he upsets the reform/secular Jewish vote due to many factors not being a rabid left-wing socialist Democrat.

There, fixed it.

4 posted on 02/04/2012 4:10:20 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: ChicagoHebrew
Boteach is sort of like a Jewish Gingrich. I never know when I will love him and when I will hate him.
5 posted on 02/04/2012 4:30:01 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

“Boteach is sort of like a Jewish Gingrich. I never know when I will love him and when I will hate him. “

I guess this means we should support him?


6 posted on 02/04/2012 7:22:31 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: ChicagoHebrew

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is a strong conservative and will make a great Congressman. Given the following he has money and votes won’t be a problem. This would be a GREAT trade off! Get rid of two sickening bags of Democrat shiite and replace them with Shmuley!


7 posted on 02/05/2012 4:10:01 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: ChicagoHebrew
he wouldn't break his campaign pledge to always oppose pork.

LOL!

Did he used to be a columnist? I think I used to see columns of his posted on FR.

8 posted on 02/05/2012 4:13:23 AM PST by maryz
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