Matzah, Wine and Sen. Ted Cruz? U.S. Resorts Use Lawmaker to Lure Passover Vacationers

The presidential contender is being billed as a speaker alongside rabbis at fancy resorts, Politico reports.

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a likely Republican presidential contender for 2016, is being touted as a draw at vacation resorts trying to attract religious Jews for Passover, according to Politico.

The lawmaker and staunch Israel supporter is billed as a speaker along with several rabbis at four different vacations spots in Westlake Village and Monarch Beach in California; Aspen, Colorado; and in Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, according to the report.

Politico reported that the Prime Hospitality Group, which runs several high-end kosher restaurants, is behind the offers, citing an email solicitation shared with the site.

A Cruz adviser asserted that he is only scheduled to attend one of the speaking engagements, in Monarch Beach, but Politico reports he is listed as a speaker at all four events.

The site surmised that Cruz, who has been courting donors for a potential presidential run in 2016, would talk about foreign policy and Israel when he appears at the St. Regis Monarch Beach.

Cruz earlier this month nearly provoked the second government shutdown in a little over a year, forcing the Senate to be in session over almost an entire weekend because he refused to allow quick passage of a $1.1 trillion bill keeping the government running.

The senator apologized to his Republican colleagues "for inconveniencing their personal schedules" that weekend. A spokeswoman for Cruz said that fighting to stop President Barack Obama's immigration reform "was critically important."

The apology to Republican senators came at a closed-door lunch when Cruz "was contrite and made an effort to explain to people he wished he hadn't done it," said a source familiar with the meeting.