The wife of a Republican congressional candidate is bashing Bob Hugin again today after finding out that a campaign staffer mistreated her nine-year-old daughter at a campaign rally yesterday.
Rochelle Kipnis initially accepted Hugin’s apology late last night on an earlier incident where when she took to Facebook to criticize the Republican U.S. Senate candidate for snapping at her and her daughters, who were passing out campaign literature for Daryl Kipnis, the Republican running against Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman.
“Actually, it’s not over,” Kipnis told the New Jersey Globe. “Apparently Team Hugin … had the nerve to yell at my child and tell her not to pass out her dads’ literature and tell her she should ‘sit down, not pass out literature, and be quiet.’ She told my child, ‘This Rally is for Bob Hugin and your literature is not to passed out.’
Kipnis posted on Facebook that the Hugin campaign sought to issue a statement last night mitigating the seriousness of her complaints.
“I received quotes from his team asking me to make statements that were not true and so far from the truth that it was insulting,” Kipnis said.
The controversy comes three days before one of the nastiest U.S. Senate races in state history, with Hugin in striking distance of becoming the first Republican to win a New Jersey Senate seat since 1972.
Kipnis says she already voted for Hugin but feels obligated to tell the truth.
“No woman or child deserves to be mistreated ever,” she said. “I realize that this behavior stems from Bob Hugin. Can’t control himself or his staff. Women, moms, stand up if someone mistreats you. Intimidation isn’t acceptable.”
The treatment of women has been a central theme of both campaigns. Democrat Bob Menendez has hammered Hugin on his refusal to admit women to an all-male eating club he ran at Princeton University, and Hugin has spent millions on television ads slamming Menendez on unsubstantiated allegation that he slept with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.
“Rochelle Kipnis is doing the absolute right thing here — events are what they are. It’s up to Hugin and his team to be mindful of words and actions days before the election,” said Charles Kim, a spokesman for Daryl Kipnis’ campaign. “Hugin is in no position to chastise anyone attending a rally he is at. He should be grateful for people being there at all…with or without kids and should comport himself appropriately.”
Kipnis said her husband is being pressured by Republicans, saying he should “manage his wife.
“I don’t give men a free pass to lash out at women,” she said. “I don’t believe in being silenced. Integrity and honesty are the most important thing. What kind of mom would I be to allow my kids to see this and think it’s okay?”
A spokesperson for the Hugin campaign declined comment.