Monmouth County Democratic Chairman David Brown has called on State Committeeman Bill Robinson to resign following complaints from a former congressional candidate that party leaders failed to tell her that Robinson pleaded guilty to stalking several women in 1996.
“His behavior had become increasingly disturbing, calling excessively, sending multiple text messages, contacting others about my whereabouts, and becoming irate at me for talking to others without him,” said Tiffany Kaszuba in a statement withdrawing as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 4th district. “His behavior became so concerning that several members of the party reached out to me to check on my well-being.”
Brown hired a law firm, Hill Wallack, to investigate Kaszuba’s statements and offer recommendations for safe environments that the party can use going forward.
“I have informed Mr. Robinson that he is not welcome at any and all volunteer activities or events associated with the Monmouth County Democratic Organization and have asked him to resign from his position as a member of the Democratic State Committee, effective immediately,” Brown said in a statement this morning.
If Robinson resigns…
Robinson has not yet tendered his resignation and there is no clear method to removing him from his state committee post if he refuses.
If he does resign, Brown can fill the vacant seat before the election for Democratic State Chairman.
Robinson is supporting LeRoy Jones for the post against incumbent John Currie. A New Jersey Globe tally has Robinson as a Jones supporter.
In October, Robinson resigned from the Monmouth Democratic executive board in order to support Kaszuba, who left her Washington lobbying job to return to New Jersey in a bid to challenge Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton).
“I began reaching out to advisors about how to best distance myself as his behavior became unhealthy,” Kaszuba said in her statement. “Shortly after, I received several articles about Mr. Robinson’s past from a source unknown to me. This further validated my concerns about his behavior and his involvement with the party.”
Brown has apologized to Kaszuba for letting her down.
“While our initial thought was that precluding Mr. Robinson from any further contact from concerned parties and referring these concerns to an outside, independent, counsel for further guidance was sufficient at the moment, we have come to realize that this course of action was simply not enough,” Brown said.