A New Jersey congressional candidate has expressed outrage after a direct-mail advertisement from his opponents appeared to traffic in antisemitic stereotypes.
David Richter, who is Jewish, is currently running for the Third Congressional District’s seat as a Republican, and was depicted in the ads from Democratic House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC with a large nose and surrounded by $100 bills.
The New Jersey Globe quoted Richter as saying, “The photoshopped caricatures of me portrayed in these mailers, always surrounded by piles of cash, is a well-known dog whistle to those who want to further divide our country in hate and stir up resentment against me and other candidates that are Jewish.”
He said that his opponent, Rep. Andy Kim, should denounce the ads, and demanded an apology from Pelosi.
“Kim should immediately and publicly disavow these antisemitic ads and reject any further support from the House Majority PAC,” Richter said. “I also call on Nancy Pelosi to immediately issue an apology to everyone of the Jewish faith for allowing these disgraceful mailers to be sent to voters in my district.”
“At a time when antisemitism is on the rise, especially from the radical left, I’m extremely disappointed by the mailers that have been sent to voters,” he added.
Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), called the ads an “outrageous antisemitic attack.”
House Majority PAC Independent Expenditure Director Brad Komar denied that the images were antisemitic, saying, “The mail pieces have nothing to do with David Richter’s religion, and everything to do with the fact he ran a company into the ground.”
An editor’s note was later added to the New Jersey Globe article, saying, “Richter’s photo was not altered, although the one used was at an angle that maximized the appearance of his nose that does not necessarily reflect other photos. The combination of stereotypes — money (in a digitally altered photo) and a nose (in a photo that was not changed) — may have been unfortunate.”
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