In his bid to represent the 9th district of New Jersey on Capitol Hill, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach released a new ad on Monday, where he talks to an empty suit meant to symbolize his Democratic opponent Congressman Bill Pascrell, who Boteach claims has been absent from the campaign trail in recent months.
As part of his “Where’s Bill?” campaign, Boteach’s new ad strikes a similar resemblance to Clint Eastwood’s now famous speech at the Republican National Convention, where the actor spoke to an empty chair meant to symbolize President Obama.
“We filmed the Empty Suit thing on Aug 23; Eastwood speech was Aug 30. It’s pretty obvious that Clint Eastwood is taking his political cues from Rabbi Shmuley. And our video’s point is being proven,” Boteach’s campaign manager James Genovese told the Huffington Post in an e-mail. “Pascrell has done nothing all summer, as you can see from the attached screen shot from August 21, which shows that Pascrell hadn’t even updated his website in nearly 3 months. The fact that he’s suddenly hired an army of political operatives proves he finally understands what we’ve known all along — there’s a real race in New Jersey’s 9th District.”
The Congressman’s campaign responded by saying that Pascrell has attended numerous town hall meetings, distributed grants, and met with local officials in his bid for re-election recently, along with maintaining his duties as a sitting member of the House of Representatives.
“Congressman Pascrell can be found doing his work on behalf of middle class taxpayers from northern New Jersey,” Keith Furlong, a spokesman for Pascrell said. “Congressman Pascrell continues to fight for middle class taxpayers and American jobs, and he stands in direct opposition to the radical conservative agenda.”
To view the new advertisement, click below.