Friday, December 19, 2014

A politician's wife. A racial e-mail. And a skittish GOP

That's politics. The wife of a NJ state assemblyman writes a racial e-mail and quickly the local GOP leans on him to resign.

A politician's wife. A racial e-mail. And a skittish GOP

Assemblyman Patrick Delany thrown under the bus.
Assemblyman Patrick Delany thrown under the bus.

That's politics. 

The wife of a Republican NJ assemblyman shoots off a racial e-mail. He informs the Burlco GOP of the faux pas. The party says it won't back him. He steps down. 

Since when does a spouse's rash statement have such consequences? 

Did I mention that Pat Delany's wife sent the intolerant missive to Democratic candidate Carl Lewis, an Olympic champ who's been in the news a lot?    

Bill Layton, Burlco's GOP leader, said in a press release:  "While it may have been politically expedient to publicly throw Pat under the bus, I believe letting him walk away quietly was the honorable, compassionate thing to do for someone who personally had done nothing wrong."

In other words, Layton decided to keep the e-mail quiet.  And, to keep the Dems from using it in a campaign, he went a step further.  He told Delany that "if he chose to stay on the ballot, the Burlington County Republican Party would have withdrawn our support." 

 

Jan Hefler
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Written by Inquirer staff writer Jan Hefler, the Burlco Buzz blog covers breaking news in the the county, as well as its quirky characters, crime cases, politics, outdoor recreation and environment. Contact Jan at jhefler@phillynews.com.

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