Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe moved quickly tonight to call for a Democratic council candidate who made hugely inflammatory and profane comments on Facebook to drop out of the race.
Steve Remming, who is seeking a borough council seat in South Plainfield, admitted to the New Jersey Globe that he had entered into “flame wars” on social media.
“I was shocked and disgusted to learn tonight about the disparaging, demeaning and misogynistic language Steve Remming has used in social media posts,” McCabe said. “There are certain words that shock the conscience because they are beyond the pale and the language Mr. Remming used is at the top of the list.”
McCabe’s response came about an hour after reading Remming’s Facebook posts.
“Let me be crystal clear: there is absolutely no room in the Democratic Party for this kind of intolerance,” the county chairman said. “I call upon Mr. Remming to search his conscience and withdraw immediately from this race.”
The deadline to replace Remming on the ballot has passed. He and Sandy Doyon are challenging two Republican incumbents, Christine Faustini and Derryck White.
Remming had suggested that he would celebrate if supporters of Bernie Sanders committed suicide, and frequently used the C-word.
South Plainfield Republican Municipal Chair April Bengivenga echoed McCabe’s position,
“Chairman McCabe and the SP GOP don’t agree on much, but regarding the Facebook comments by Democrat Council candidate Steve Remming, we are in 100% agreement. The shocking and offensive language regularly used by Mr. Remming runs counter to everything our town is about. Community, diversity, and respect for all – even those we don’t agree with,” said Bengivenga. “He should drop out. If he doesn’t, we’re confident our residents will make their voices heard loud and clear on Mr. Remming.”
Doyon said that the statements “made by Steve Remming are in no way a reflection of my beliefs or opinions.”
“The language and comments I find totally unacceptable, offensive, and indefensible,” Doyan said.
Click here to read the New Jersey Globe story on Remming’s Facebook posts.
This story was updated at 9:15 PM with comment from Bencivenga and at 10:58 PM with comment from Doyan.