ROSELLE, NJ - A Facebook posting on November 4, prior to Election day, by Roselle Democratic Municipal Chairman Reginald Atkins urging voters not to vote for Democratic candidates, and using the term racists has gotten a lot of attention by many including some Democratic elected officials and members of the Roselle Democratic Committee. The Committee is now calling for the removal or resignation of Chairman Atkins.
On Friday November 8, Democratic Committee member Anthony Esposito sent a letter to Union County Democratic Chairman Sen. Nicholas Scutari calling on him to demand the resignation or removal of Chairman Atkins as a member and as Chairman of the Roselle Democratic Committee. The letter was also sent to State Democratic Chair John Currie.
According to Esposito, the Roselle Democratic Committee and the Union County Democratic Committee’s bylaws obligate all members to support all Democratic candidates duly nominated in a Primary Election, with the failure to do so being grounds for referral to the Executive Committee and removal from office.
The letter to Sen. Scutari also cited Mr. Atkins’ failure to hold regular meetings, spending committee funds without an approved budget or approval from the Committee, and consistently failing to submit required reports to ELEC on a timely basis.
“Chairman Atkins has committed the most egregious act by publicly urging residents of Roselle to not vote for our Democratic municipal slate and publicly bemoaning that the Republicans did not run a slate against our Democratic candidates. We are demanding that Chairman Atkins resign his post immediately and let the Roselle Democrats choose a leader who supports our Party, our candidates, and most importantly, the will of Roselle voters.” said Anthony Esposito, Committee Member in District 2-1.
The non-support of candidates referred to was a post made by Atkins on November 4, prior to Election day stating:
ELECTION - I received multiple calls over the weekend regarding tomorrow’s election. I’m praying for my Borough… I do not and will not condone supporting people that do not have the people at heart. I’m disappointed that we have no choice that will provide a voice for our people tomorrow and for that I apologize. Anyone who supports a racist or a racist strategy hurts the direction of Roselle. I do not support our local municipal candidates however I do support our Board of Education candidates and the rest of our Column A team. #roselle #rightisright
A request for comment from Chairman Atkins when unanswered.
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