Rabbi Robert Barr (D) filed to challenge Rep. Steve Chabot (R) on Tuesday for his Cincinnati-based seat. He “is notable not only for being that rarest of birds, a running rabbi, but also for being the first who seems to have a good shot at winning” if he notices the nomination. Chabot “lost once already, in the Obama landslide of 2008, before reclaiming his seat in 2010.” However, redistricting made his seat substantially more Republican.
“At the same time, while Barr’s professional life looks rabbi-ish (to coin a term), his Judaism is seen, by some, as well outside the mainstream. Although ordained a Reform rabbi, Barr founded a congregation, Beth Adam, that belongs to none of the major branches of Judaism. It is widely identified with what’s loosely called humanistic Judaism, a small movement in which Barr is considered a leader.” (Washington Post)