Forward Thinking

Is Ted Cruz a Big Draw in Kosher Vacationland?

By Anthony Weiss

(JTA) — Imagine your ideal Passover getaway. What would it include? Sandy beaches? Emerald green fairways? Kosher haute cuisine? Sen. Ted Cruz?

If the Prime Hospitality Group is any judge, you’ll want all of those things. Especially the last one.

Politico is reporting that the Prime Group, which specializes in offering lavish getaways for religiously observant Jews, is billing the firebrand Texas senator as a prime attraction for its 2015 Passover packages. Prime lists Cruz as a featured speaker for vacationers at high-end destinations including Aspen, Colo.; Westlake Village and Monach Beach, Calif.; and Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, alongside prominent rabbis such as Jonathan Sacks and Marvin Hier, and top communal officials like Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein.

A Cruz adviser told Politico that the senator would only be speaking once, at Monarch Beach, suggesting that “well-meaning program organizers overstated his participation.” But the fact that Prime Group is eager, or even over-eager, to tout Cruz to its well-heeled, kosher-observant clientele suggests that Cruz is successfully carving out a niche for himself in the Jewish world, and that, in turn could have major repercussions for the 2016 presidential race.

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Obama Gets WI, NH. Sen.: Warren MA, Brown OH, Donnelly IN, Cruz TX

By J.J. Goldberg

Obama wins WI and NH (Romney hoped to win both).

Senate races: Warren beats Brown in MA, picking up Rep. seat.

Joe Donnelly beats Richard “God’s Will” Mourdock in Indiana, picking up Lugar’s Rep. seat.

Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz projected to win in Texas.

Sherrod Brown beats Ratner family black sheep Josh Mandel in OH.

Gov. races: Pat McCrory [R] wins in NC.

Maggie Hassan (D) holds the Dem statehouse in NH

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