Already a darling of the Democratic establishment on Capitol Hill, psychologist Dennis Shulman picked up the endorsement of former presidential candidate and retired Gen. Wesley Clark in his bid to claim the Democratic nomination and challenge Rep. Scott Garrett (R) in November.
In a statement released over the weekend, Clark said Shulman’s unique background makes him an inspirational candidate, especially during an election year in which change has become the key theme.
“Growing up blind and overcoming family financial struggles to become an accomplished psychologist, educator, and rabbi, Dennis embodies what we all hope to be as Americans and his voice will be a powerful force for change in Congress,” Clark said.
In the 5th district Democratic primary, Shulman is facing attorney and community activist Camille Abate, who lost her primary bid two years ago to former gubernatorial aide Paul Aronsohn. Abate, who had raised about $140,000 by the end of 2007 and held $81,000 in cash on hand, has been touting her support among several important trade and labor unions in Northern New Jersey.
Shulman had brought in almost $200,000 by Dec. 31 and held $175,000 in cash on hand then. Garrett’s year-end report showed him with $352,000 in cash on hand and $505,000 in receipts this cycle.
— John McArdle