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‘America’s Rabbi’ Officially Launches Run for Congress

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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach – who has dubbed himself “America’s Rabbi’ and authored such controversial books as the recent “Kosher Jesus” – has officially launched his campaign for the House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District. Stating that this will be the first time a Republican rabbi is running for Congress, Boteach promised to promote conservative values if he is elected.

“The values that have dominated the American political landscape for decades include an obsession with gay marriage, abortion and now contraception,” Boteach declared. “If elected, I pledge to be a ‘values voice’ in Congress, and focus on issues that have largely been ignored. It is time to expand the values conversation and agenda, and once again make them the center of our country. Let’s begin with saving the institution of marriage by making family a priority again.”

Itemizing a number of initiatives he would pursue as a member of Congress, Boteach stated that he would seek to make marriage counseling tax-deductible in order to bring down America’s divorce rate, advocate for a course to be taught in public schools that “focuses on the values that are at the heart of the republic,” and push for the implementation of a flat tax to replace the current taxation system.

Ordained by Chabad-Lubavitch, Boteach gained fame as the rabbi in residence at Oxford University in England, and generated controversy when he published “Kosher Sex: A Recipe for Passion and Intimacy.” The rabbi attracted even more attention when he became the late Michael Jackson’s “spiritual adviser.” Establishing himself as a consistent media presence, Boteach has hosted his own reality cable television show, “Shalom In The Home,” designed to foster greater harmony among featured families, and a radio talk show in New York.

New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District encompasses portions of Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties in the state’s northern portion. Boteach has criticized the district’s current representative, Steve Rothman, for allowing the Ambassador of Libya to set up shop near the rabbi’s home in Englewood, New Jersey.

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