Roy Cho, a congressional hopeful aiming to knock off Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., the next time around, might not be a household name (yet).
But, as of Monday, he’s got mad street cred:
That’s when Wu-Tang Clan co-founder Ghostface Killah name-checked Cho on Twitter, urging his 440,000-plus flock to show the aspiring Asian-American lawmaker some love.
The celebrity shoutout wasn’t a total surprise to Cho; the corporate lawyer told HOH his sister, Jennifer, has worked in the music and entertainment field for years and had gotten to know the rap mogul personally.
“Jen was talking to Ghostface about my race for Congress and he expressed an interest in helping,” Cho said of the much-appreciated endorsement.
Though a first-time candidate, Cho, who majored in political science at Brown University and earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, is no stranger to public service. He worked as a correspondence director for then-Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., while studying at Georgetown, and has served in the offices of the governor of New Jersey as well as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
But before all that, he was just a kid trying to make it — just like the Shaolin-obsessed lyricists.
“As a kid growing up in New Jersey, I identified with the struggle for success reflected in many of their songs,” Cho said, heaping praise on the revolutionary rappers for “doing it their own way long before YouTube.”
He held out the super group’s debut album, “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” as a source of inspiration — “I remember listening to it with my friends and having the sense, even at a young age, that this album was going to be a game changer,” Cho said — that’s helped shape his worldview, even to this day.
“I hope to bring the same unbridled enthusiasm, fearlessness and creativity that Wu-Tang brought to music into the world of politics and government. And I’m hoping to surprise some people along the way,” Cho asserted.
Just don’t expect him to freestyle at any campaign rallies.
“Like most kids growing up in the '90s, I memorized lyrics and followed along with the songs,” he shared. “But by no means would I call myself a rapper.”