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Republican National Committeeman Bill Palatucci. Photo courtesy of the Rowan University Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship.

Palatucci flips to Mehta in GOP Senate primary

By David Wildstein, June 15 2020 8:20 pm

Republican National Committeeman Bill Palatucci has rescinded his endorsement of Hirsh Singh in the July 7 U.S. Senate primary and is now endorsing Rik Mehta.

Palatucci says he made the decision to endorse Mehta after a Singh campaign advisor repeated an unsubstantiated allegation against former Gov. Chris Christie on social media.

“Such a ridiculous statement. Your insulting and false posting has convinced me to drop my endorsement of Hirsh, which I made over a year ago, and to actively and aggressively support Rik Mehta,” Palatucci said on Facebook. “I just got my ballot in the mail and I will now fill it out and include a vote for Rik.”

Palatucci’s claim of a recent conversion to Mehta may not be entirely genuine.

More Monmouth Musings, an influential conservative political news site, reported that Palatucci was walking Mehta around a Monmouth GOP fundraising event on January 31.

Matt Friedman of POLITICO first noticed Palatucci’s Facebook post.

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