Camden County Republican Chairman Rich Ambrosino fired back at now-former House candidate Josh Duvall Tuesday.
“No one tried to force Josh Duvall out of the primary.” Ambrosino said. “Frankly, it was the other way around. Duvall and his supporters felt he shouldn’t be challenged because he announced early. I had to explain that isn’t how it works and everyone appears before our screening committee to determine who gets the organization’s endorsement.”
Duvall dropped his bid to challenge Rep. Donald Norcross on Monday.
Though Camden and Gloucester counties have yet to back a candidate, Burlington Republicans endorsed former Collingswood School Board member Claire Gustafson last month.
Ambrosino said he and Gloucester County Republican Chairwoman Jacci Vigilante encouraged him to meet with their screening committees but said Duvall instead opted to drop his bid.
“I’m not sure why Duvall felt the need to attack the party on his way out of the race,” Ambrosino said. “He clearly doesn’t understand primary elections are ‘purity tests’ and he doesn’t understand this party is solidly behind President Trump. Duvall also doesn’t understand our county party has been growing over the past couple of years, and I’m sorry he doesn’t want to be part of that growth, but that’s his choice.”