A Hudson County Republican party leader admitted to emotionally abusing women that he referred to as “birds” is being denounced by GOP leaders.
“The NJGOP condemns Joshua Sotomayor Einstein’s conduct and language in the strongest possible terms,” Republican State Chairman Michael Lavery said. “Our party and all of civil society reject this kind of misogynistic and sexist behavior.”
Text messages obtained by the New Jersey Globe show Einstein, a 38-year-old Republican state committeeman from Hoboken, disclosing his conduct to another GOP activist, Tia-Lyn Ghione. Ghione released the texts on Friday.
“I convinced this one really dumb bird I was totally emotionally abusing that it was her idea to sex in the courtyard, roof, and gym bathroom of my old building,” Einstein said. “It was my idea. And yes, I was a horrid person. I had her thinking we were dating. And I had everyone in our social circle making fun of her.”
Einstein acknowledged the texts were his.
“I don’t extoll those times,” he said, referring to events two years ago when he was 36 and already an elected party leader. “But I admit them.”
Irene Kim Asbury, the GOP state committeewoman from Hudson, slammed Einstein.
“I’m absolutely nauseated,” said Asbury, a longtime municipal prosecutor. “For him to admit it and think it’s normal behavior – it is incredibly disturbing.”
She caused Einstein of “using politics to groom victims.”
“He refers to women as birds,” Asbury said. “It’s not behavior anyone in a civilized society would condone. It has to stop here.”
Asbury wants Einstein to resign immediately, as does Hudson GOP Chairman Jose Arango.
“If he doesn’t, he should be expunged from the party immediately,” she said.
State party bylaws have no mechanism for the removal of a state committeeman. That will be up to Republican primary voters if Einstein, who has also been planning a challenge to Arango this year, seeks re-election to a second term in June.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarleli also bashed Einstein for his comments.
“As Josh acknowledged, his conduct in this matter is abhorrent and completely unacceptable,” the Ciattarelli campaign said in a statement. “No woman should be subject to this treatment either in public or private. As Republicans we must hold ourselves to a higher standard.”
According to Asbury, there may be other victims in the Hoboken area that Einstein potentially preyed upon. She urged them to reach out to her if they need assistance.