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.”
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According to Daryl Kipnis, this post was made in haste and quickly taken down.
“There have been media reports about an ephemeral exchange between my running mate Bob Hugin and my wife at a campaign event, after which my wife made a Facebook post that she deleted immediately after she felt it was no longer appropriate.
We are all human. Bob immediately resolved any misunderstanding with respect and sincerity, and my wife has forgiven him completely.
The bottom line is that Bob has exceptional integrity of the kind that New Jersey has not seen from either of its current U.S. Senators, and that is exactly why he deserves to be our next one.
Bob and I support each other 100% and we ask for your vote on Tuesday November 6th.”
Rochelle Kipnis posted as well.
“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 my Live feed. After Bob 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.”
No, you saw the real Bob Hugin the first time. Any man who would raise the price of a #cancer drug to profit even as the patients go bankrupt, is a #nastyman. #midterms2018 #NewJersey
I agree. When a person shows you who they are, believe them. He only apologized because of her outing him and his rude behavior. Yes, it’s up to her to forgive him and yes, people do make mistakes under stress but I don’t believe him to be a good person with integrity. He would be very bad for NJ.
Hugin showed his true colors. He is only apologetic because she made a stink about what he did to her. They deserve each other.
“I normally don’t post things on Facebook” is a statement that is, unfortunately, false. All she does is post on Facebook, especially in the group that she runs under the guise of being an open group for the citizens of Franklin Township. But if you dare to voice an opposing view then you are thrown out faster than yesterday’s newspaper.
I am a registered conservative who tends to vote along that line of thought more often than not but after having read this – yet another example of the drama that surrounds this campaign – I will be sure to vote for anyone but Mr. Kipnis. And I know several other people who are doing the same.
Just to clear, I was streaming Facebook live when Bob Hugin got in my face and my baby was laying on my shoulder. I didn’t bring this story to the media. They picked up from my Facebook. For the sake of my own integrity, I told the truth because it isn’t my job to cover up for Bob Hugin. His team wrote me emails AFTER Bob’s apology for treating me the way he did, his team’s emails were simply salt in the wound and asking me to cover up the story with fake quotes that they drafted to protect Bob’s character in the media. How about my integrity? People SAW what happened. Owning our own actions is what I teach my 3 children every day. As a wife, mom, role model to my children, I would never cover up for anyone let alone a man who can mistreat a woman with children. I do believe Bob was triggered by my children passing out their Dad’s literature likely because Bob was seperating himself from our President, and Daryl has been a well known loyal advocate for the great things our President has been doing for this county. Why else would Bob have an issue with 2 little girls passing out their Dad’s literature to supporters that we KNOW and that and that came to the rally because of us asking them to be there. Remember, this was a room filled with people who know Daryl in his hometown county and many of them seeing Bob for the first time. I guess they say first impressions are everything which is why 10-15 people LEFT after witnessing what happened to me. I am writing this after numerous attacks from people thinking that I brought this story to the media. That is very INCORRECT. Bob brought it on himself. Own your actions and always be responsible for yourself.