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Joshua Sotomayor Einstein. (Photo: Facebook).

Controversial ex-GOP official will be kept out of Ciattarelli fundraiser

Arango says Einstein is ‘persona non grata’

By David Wildstein, September 09 2021 5:37 pm

A former Republican State Committeeman who lost his seat after admitting to emotionally abusing women will be shut out of a fundraiser for GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli despite his promoting the event.

Joshua Sotomayor Einstein, who acknowledged referring to women as “birds,” won’t be allowed into the reception in Hoboken next week, according to Jose Arango, the Hudson County Republican Chairman.

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“He doesn’t have anything to do with Jack Ciattarelli,” Arango said.  “He’s persona non grata.  We’re not going to let him in.”

Einstein was replaced on the State Committee by Frank Miqueli, lost his own county committee seat to Joe Branco, and was defeated in his challenge to Arango by a vote of 119-2.

Ciattarelli distanced himself from Einstein in January, but the former official keeps trying to latch on to the campaign by promoting events he’s not involved in.  The September 15 fundraiser is being organized by Arango.

“I convinced this one really dumb bird I was totally emotionally abusing that it was her idea to [have] sex in the courtyard, roof, and gym bathroom of my old building,” Einstein said in the 2018 text message exchange. “It was my idea. And yes, I was a horrid person.  I had her thinking we were dating.”

Einstein won his State Committee seat under unusual circumstances four years ago.

Running on a line with then-gubernatorial candidate Joseph Rudy Rullo, Einstein challenged incumbent State Committeeman Russell Maffei, but became the only candidate for the male State Committee seat after a drunk driver struck and killed Maffei and longtime Republican activist Marie Tauro in April 2017 as they were collecting nominating petition signatures for the primary.

The incident left him without any opposition.

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