HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Joshua Sotomayor Einstein, a GOP Committee person from Hoboken, will not be allowed to run for reelection on the party line in June, after he admitted that he “emotionally abused” women.
State GOP party officials including Republican State Chairman Michael Lavery have condemned Einstein’s conduct and behavior, and many have asked him to step down from the state committee.
Since the state party bylaws provide no vehicle for removing a state committeeman, Hudson County GOP Chairman Jose Arango said that while he hasn’t called for his resignation he will not allow Einstein to run on the official GOP line in June, leaving it up to local voters to remove him.
Einstein has been accused of using his political affiliation and leading women on to obtain sex, after messages in which he admitted to emotionally abusing a woman was posted on social media.
“I convinced this one really dumb bird I was totally emotionally abusing that it was her idea to have sex in the courtyard, roof, and gym bathroom of my old building,” Einstein wrote in a series of texts written in 2018. “It was my idea. And yes, I was a horrid person. I had her thinking we were dating.”
Einstein, who admitted that he authored the texts but is a “different person” today than he was, is running for his second term, is a supporter of Jack Ciattarleli as a possible GOP candidate for Governor and has been a harsh and vocal critic of Doug Steinhardt, who recently dropped out of the running for the nomination.
Ciattarlelli called Einstein’s conduct “abhorrent and completely unacceptable.”
“No woman should be subject to this treatment either in public or private. As Republicans we must hold ourselves to a higher standard,” Ciattarelli was quoted as saying in a story in the New Jersey Globe.
While Einstein said he is sorry about his behavior in the past, he appears to believe the current dispute is about politics, and blames Arango – who was a ---- supporter – for some of the vitriol.
"If Arango's political attack dogs thought the story I told was so wrong, why did they sit on it for 2 to 3 years?” the defiant Einstein said. “This is an attempt by do-nothing titleholder, Jose Arango, to deflect from the fact that in almost 20 years as county GOP chair he has done nothing for Republicans in Hudson County, attacked grassroots leaders and candidates, and supported Democrats. Arango and his minions can engage in as many attacks as they like, it won't change the fact that Republicans in Hudson County want a new chairman."
Arango, however, said he was not passing judgement on Einstein.
“I’m not accusing anybody,” Arango said. “I’m saying this kind of behavior is unacceptable.”
“People have to be responsible, and it’s my obligation to make sure this is not tolerated. I’m sorry all this happened. It’s up to him to resign, and if he doesn’t, we can’t have him running on a ticket that is sanctioned by our party. This would imply that we sanction what he did and said when we don’t.”
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