If you weren't expecting any exciting news out of the 2014 race for the New Jersey 5th Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives, well, think again! The Hill's Alexandra Jaffe reports that first-time office-seeker Roy Cho, a Democrat looking to take on incumbent Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), has won the most exciting endorsement of his young career -- rapper Ghostface Killah.Here's a little background info on Roy Cho and his relationship with Ghostface Killah:
Ghostface's endorsement is the best news that Cho has received since two weeks ago, when former Rep. Andy Maguire announced that he was dropping out of the 2014 race.
Garrett, who has served in the House since 2003, is perhaps best known for being the only member of New Jersey's congressional delegation to not sign a "letter calling for federal assistance in the wake of superstorm Sandy." After a brief outcry, Garrett "reversed course and signed another." Still, his delayed response to his state's urgent need is perhaps a sign that Garrett ain't been hungry since Supreme Clientele. - Huffington Post, 6/19/13
As a Wu-Tang fan, especially of Ghostface's solo work, I am now more interested in this race. This one is worth watching. If you want to check out Cho's campaign, check out his website:Cho is a first-time candidate for public office but previously worked in both the New Jersey governor's office, as well as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He also worked as a correspondence director for former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.).
Cho said the endorsement was "pretty unexpected," and originated from an informal chat his sister, who used to work in the music industry, had with the rapper and others at a recent party.
"She just started talking about me as her brother, what I wanted to do, why I wanted to run, and a couple of people there expressed support," including Ghostface, Cho said.
The rapper's manager got in touch with his sister to let her know he wanted to be "helpful" to the campaign, but didn't indicate exactly how or when. Cho said he started following him on Twitter on Wednesday, and hours later he received the tweet.
He believes that his personal story — Cho is the son of Korean immigrants, and has worked in both government and the private sector — and the fact that he's new to politics resonated with Ghostface.
"I think the fact that I'm a young political neophyte running for the first time, someone relatively new to politics, appealed to them," he said.
Cho will face a difficult challenge in his race against Garrett, however. Though the district was redrawn to be more favorable to Democrats, a Republican has won it on the presidential level the past two cycles, and Garrett is a prolific fundraiser.
Though Ghostface is likely aware that cash rules everything around a congressional candidate, Cho said he didn't know whether the rapper would be lending him a hand with future tweets or possibly a fundraiser. - The Hill, 6/19/13