Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin tweeted out a photo last Friday with his campaign interns and the head of the New Jersey College Democrats is complaining that the group included fourteen men and no women.
“It is clear from his campaign, his policies, and now his staffing choices that Bob Hugin does not grasp the wide range of issues that face New Jerseyans and does not care to learn,” said Megan Coyne, president of the New Jersey College Democrats. “It is shameful that Bob Hugin is trying to act as though he will be a champion for the women of New Jersey when he does not have a single female intern.”
It is not clear whether the Hugin campaign has no women interns, just that the photo Hugin used in his tweet showed none. Hugin’s campaign manager and communications director are women.
Still, the optics of the photo are not helpful to the Republican trying to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.
“Bob Hugin can claim to be pro-choice all he wants, but it is evident by this photograph and his donations to anti-choice Republicans, including Donald Trump, that he cares little about protecting and advancing the rights of women,” said Coyne. “Now that his sham ‘affordability tour’ has concluded, perhaps Bob Hugin can meet with New Jersey women and learn about the multitude of issues that face them, including health care access, paid family leave, equal pay, and sexual violence.”
The Hugin and Menendez campaign did not immediately respond to a 12:24 PM asking how many male and female interns on each campaign. This story will be updated if the campaigns respond.