House Speaker Kevin McCarthy met Jewish leaders in Monsey and New Square on Sunday. A personal friend of the Jewish community and Republican Congressman Mike Lawler, whose district includes several Orthodox towns in Rockland county in the vicinity of Monsey, joined McCarthy.
McCarthy and Lawler met Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg at a fundraiser they attended in Forshay, where they also encountered other Jewish community leaders and the Skverer Rebbe.
After receiving a call from President Biden encouraging him to support Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney for reelection,
McCarthy last met with the Rebbe in November. However, the Rebbe informed McCarthy that the community members owed Maloney money. McCarthy insisted on making good on his pledge to visit again as a speaker, and he did so on Sunday.
Lawler narrowly defeated Maloney in a stunning shock despite not getting the nod. With the assistance of Orthodox voters in neighboring Rockland neighborhoods, Lawler garnered 227 votes in New Square.
During the New Square ceremony, McCarthy stated that he could only become a speaker if Mike Lawler were elected to the House of Representatives. “Many questioned whether that would be real. Yet it was accomplished by New Square.
I promised to be back because I care about you, he continued.