The wife of a Republican congressional candidate says Bob Hugin mistreated her and her young daughters at a campaign rally tonight and that she regrets supporting him.
“I was mortified when Bob Hugin snapped at me and my little girls for passing out their Dad’s flyers at a rally,” Rochelle Kipnis, whose husband Daryl is challenging Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, wrote on Facebook. “He told (me) I shouldn’t bring my kids to a rally”
Kipnis said she has been “super supportive of team Hugin the whole time.”
“I already voted for him but if I could change my vote, I would,” Kipnis said. “Anyone who can treat a mom with young kids the way Bob Hugin treated me doesn’t deserve a vote.”
She says she spent over a year “helping his team around the clock.”
“I will not be silent,” said Kipnis. “I voted for Hugin already, but I wish I could say differently.”
Kipnis ended her statement with a hashtag: “#nastyman.”
The Hugin campaign did not immediately respond to a 7:56 PM request for comment.
Update: Rochelle and Daryl Kipnis told the New Jersey Globe this evening that the matter with Hugin has been resolved.
“I support Bob and Bob supports me,” said Daryl Kipnis. “There’s no conflict.”
Rochelle Kipnis said she spoke to Hugin on the phone this evening and that he apologized to her.
“I forgive him,” she said. “I know that he’s stressed out. He’s under a lot of pressure. I did accept Hugin’s apology.”
Late Saturday night, Kipnis posted a statement on her Facebook page:
“I was streaming Facebook Live and didn’t allow it to publish after an upsetting exchange. I immediately made a statement on Facebook to follow up with what I felt at that moment and what people saw happen to me both on Facebook and in person at the Middlesex County Rally. I normally do not post things on Facebook but felt it appropriate to explain what happened since I stopped myLive feed. After Bob Hugin apologized to me both on the phone and in person, I felt it appropriate to immediately delete my Facebook post. I accept Bob’s apologies completely & appreciate his sincerity and integrity. I know he truly felt bad about his actions towards me and understand that tensions are running high with 3 days until the election. I look forward to Bob Hugin being our next Senator and my husband working with him to improve the lives of all New Jerseyans as the next Congressman for New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District.”