SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Less than 24-hours after news that he made inflammatory and profane comments on social media began circulating, Steven Remming, a Democratic candidate for South Plainfield Borough Council, has informed TAPinto that he will be withdrawing from the race.
After much thought, I have decided to no longer be an active candidate for borough council," Remming told TAPinto South Plainfield in a written statement submitted this morning. "My first instinct was to fight this expertly choreographed political hit job, but doing so would not be fair to friends, supporters, and others running this year."
On Sept. 25, the New Jersey Globe reported that Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe called for Steven Remming to drop out of the 2020 election on the grounds that Remming made misogynistic and offensive comments on his personal Facebook page. According to the published report, Remming's comments, which date back to 2016, targeted Democrats at a Bernie Sanders event as well as Trump supporters and, in numerous instances, profanity was used in numerous posts, including comments about a 'f***king Christmas tree' and use of the four letter 'c' word.
TAPinto reached out to Remming on the evening of Sept. 25 at which time he admitted he was 'guilty' of using 'bad words on Facebook' and that such remarks were made 'before he ever thought of running for office here in South Plainfield.'
Although he initially said that he had no intentions of dropping out of the race, Remming reached out to TAPinto less than 12-hours later to announce he would no longer be an active candidate.
"Poor choices have consequences," he said.
"While it’s too late to officially remove my name from the ballot, my presence as an active candidate would be an unfair distraction to my friend Sandy Doyon, who is one of the finest and hardest working people I have ever met. She will do an amazing job on council," added Remming. "Unfortunately, my presence would make her campaign about me and my off-color remarks on my private Facebook account, not her ideas to make our town better. For that reason, it’s best if I immediately suspend my campaign. I would like to thank the people of South Plainfield for their support and friendship."
Remming, along with Democratic running mate Sandy Doyon, were initially set to challenge Republican incumbents Christine Faustini and Derryck White for two at-large seats on the South Plainfield Borough Council. The deadline for additions to the November 2020 election was due to the Middlesex County Board of Elections by Aug. 31.
"Having just found out about all of this last night, I am truly in shock! I want to make it clear that the statements and posts that were made by Steve Remming in the past are in no way a reflection of my beliefs," Doyon said in response to TAPinto's request for comment. "The language and comments I find totally unacceptable, offensive, and indefensible. I will continue my candidacy for borough council on my own, because I know that I would be an assist to the Borough of South Plainfield."
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