FLEMINGTON, NJ - Hunterdon County GOP Chair Gabe Plumer is calling for Flemington Mayor Betsy Driver's resignation after she made what he called a "shameful and insulting public statement" on her personal Facebook page.
In the post, which Plumer copied on the GOP website beside his statement, Driver calls out "religious zealots" who want to "enact the Christian version of Sharia law," and curses those who "voted for the orange monster with COVID."
Plumer, in his post on the GOP website, calls for Driver to resign immediately.
"Your statement is antithetical to the principles of representative democracy," he wrote. "It is further proof that you do not represent the people of Flemington, the character of Hunterdon County and the values of at least a part of the Democrat party."
"While I trust Republicans agree with me, I also call on Freeholder Candidate (Patrick) Heller and all current Flemington candidates to join me and many others in a bipartisan call for Mayor Driver's immediate resignation," he added.
In response, Driver called out the Hunterdon County GOP for using a "cropped image" of her original post on her private Facebook page. She also called the party out for not speaking out against personal attacks and threats she and her family have received recently.
Driver said her post was driven by an article posted Oct. 5 on NPR, which detailed comments from Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito against same-sex marriage after the court declined to hear a case brought by former Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue a marriage license for same-sex couples. According to the article, the justices agreed not to hear the case, but spoke out against the court's 2015 decision that says same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry under the 14th Amendment.
"'The Hunterdon County GOP calling for my resignation by using a cropped image of the original post on my private Facebook page speaks volumes to their ongoing dishonesty and duplicity," Driver said. "That they are that triggered and clutching their pearls over my being upset and angry at the threats to my LGBTQ family by a Supreme Court enabled by their support of a president who is hate-filled and unhinged every day is sad. It reflects their privilege that refuses to acknowledge America's diversity and their own intolerance of anyone who disagrees with them. By not calling out their own supporters who are now resorting to personal attacks and threats on me and my family just shows how depraved the Hunterdon GOP has become."
Click here to see the full statement from the GOP.
Additional reporting by Liz Johnson.