The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has withdrawn their support of Seth Grossman for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district following additional reports of racist posts on social media.
“Bigotry has no place in society, let alone the U.S. House of Representatives. The NRCC withdraws our support of Seth Grossman and calls on him to reconsider his candidacy,” said NRCC chairman Steve Stivers. POLITICO was first to report the withdrawal of support.
Media Matters reported today that Grossman posted an approving link to a white-supremacist article arguing “blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well.”
Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman tonight criticized Atlantic County Republicans for continuing to support Grossman.
“This is the height of hypocrisy,” said Suleiman. “The NRCC finally did the right thing and pulled their support for Seth Grossman, but yet we’ve heard radio silence from Frank Formica and the rest of the Republican Freeholder Board.”
Suleiman says that no local GOP officials have pulled their support for Grossman, a former Atlantic County freeholder and Atlantic City councilman who was the surprise winner of the June 5 Republican primary.
“You can’t have your cake and eat it, too,” Suleiman said. “If the Republicans are too afraid to alienate their far-right base by denouncing Mr. Grossman, then I suggest they find another industry to work in.”
Democrat Jeff Van Drew, a longtime state senator, is the favorite to win the seat retiring Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo has held for the last 24 years.
“It’s been 29 days since the media first broke the story of Seth Grossman’s hateful rhetoric. If the NRCC had done a cursory google search, or even visited their chosen candidate’s website or Facebook page, they’d know what most voters in South Jersey already know. Seth Grossman is unhinged and unfit for office,” said Van Drew campaign strategist Mike Muller. “Chairman Stivers and the NRCC clearly didn’t have a moral compass 29 days ago, it’s hard to believe they just found religion. This is obviously due to Seth’s abysmal fundraising. Jeff Van Drew has raised 10x as much in this past quarter alone as Seth has raised the entire campaign.”