The Democratic Party likes the blind rabbi’s chances in New Jersey.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this week upgraded Dennis Shulman from one of its “emerging races” to “Red to Blue,” meaning that the Democratic candidate in New Jersey’s Fifth District will get additional financial, communications and strategic support from the party in his race against three-term incumbent Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.). The change in designation also serves as an important signal to potential donors that the race is competitive and that their dollars could make a difference.
“Dennis Shulman is running a solid campaign and is committed to making things easier for middle class families in their districts,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chair of the DCCC, in a statement. “With less than 21 days to make his case for change to voters, the Red to Blue program will give Shulman the financial and structural edge to be even more competitive in November.”
“Our grassroots campaign for change has been growing so rapidly in Northern New Jersey, and we welcome the additional support,” said Shulman in a statement released by his campaign.
In response, Garrett told the Newark Star-Ledger that Shulman is an “empty suit” and a “tax and spend pawn for Washington elites.”
Another Jewish Democratic challenger for U.S. Congress received a similar upgrade. Josh Segall, who is taking on three-term incumbent Rep. Mike Rogers (R) in Alabama’s Third District, also was moved from “emerging races” to “Red to Blue.”