SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A Democratic Party candidate seeking election to the South Plainfield Borough Council is being asked to withdraw from the race because of inflammatory and profane comments made on social media.
In an article first published Sept. 25 by the New Jersey Globe, Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe called for Democratic candidate Steven Remming to drop out of the 2020 election on the grounds that Remming made misogynistic and offensive comments on his personal Facebook page. Remming and Democratic running mate Sandy Doyon are challenging Republican incumbents Christine Faustini and Derryck White for two at-large seats.
According to the published reports, Remming's comments, which date back to 2016, targeted Democrats, specifically those 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.
"Yes. I’m guilty. I used bad words on Facebook. Years ago, before I ever thought of running for office here in South Plainfield, I made some rude comments and used a few bad words on Facebook. I apologize for offending people. There is no place in public dialogue for some of the words I used. Nor did I intend them to be public. They were posted for my friends on Facebook to laugh at or to start a political argument," Remming said in a statement issued to TAPinto on Sept, 25. "I haven’t spoken like that during this campaign to voters or journalists or with the many friends and neighbors I have spoken with over these last few months. I would not speak like that in any public capacity on borough council either."
In a statement issued to TAPinto South Plainfield, South Plainfield Republican Municipal Chair April Bengivenga said that the 'shocking and offensive language regularly used by Mr. Remming runs counter to everything our town is about.'
“Chairman McCabe and the South Plainfield GOP don’t agree on much, but regarding the Facebook comments by Democrat Council candidate Steve Remming, we are in 100-percent agreement," said Bengivenga, adding, "Community, diversity, and respect for all – even those we don’t agree with. He should drop out. If he does not, we’re confident our residents will make their voices heard loud and clear on Mr. Remming.”
"I am not dropping out of the race. I would be an incredibly hard-working councilman for the people of South Plainfield. I would be honored to serve you," said Remming, adding, "That being said, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if my off-color language on Facebook bothers some people enough to where they can’t vote for me, I completely respect that. I trust the people of South Plainfield to make this decision for themselves."
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