Another Democratic legislator is skewering Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin over an endorsement last weekend by Assemblyman Parker Space (R-Wantage).
“I am appalled and deeply disturbed by Bob Hugin’s acceptance of Parker Space’s endorsement. Space stood proudly by the Confederate flag and used sexist derogatory terms to describe his female political opponent,” said Assemblywoman Britnee N. Timberlake (D-East Orange). “Space’s appreciation for the Confederate flag is so blatant, he was the lone lawmaker to abstain when the General Assembly voted in 2015 to condemn Confederate flag displays. These acts resemble the trademark racist and misogynistic philosophies of Donald Trump.”
Timberlake, elected to the Assembly last month when Sheila Oliver left to become Lt. Governor, says that Hugin’s acceptance of Space’s endorsement shows he will follow Trump’s “xenophobic agenda if elected to the United States Senate.”
“New Jersey does not need a Trump pawn who will seek to divide us and carry out policies that prey on disenfranchised communities,” Timberlake said. “We cannot allow Bob Hugin and Donald Trump to turn back the clock on the progress we have made nor allow this divisiveness to breed fear and hatred. New Jersey needs a voice that will unite us all and who stands for equality and equity for all.”
Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-Paterson), State Sen. Troy Singleton (D-Palmyra) and the Sussex County Democratic Executive Committee have issued statements criticizing Hugin for taking Space’s endorsement.