MAYS LANDING, N.J. — A New Jersey politician who shared a meme on Facebook throughout January’s Women’s March in Washington asking whether or not the protest could be “over in time for them to cook dinner” is consuming his phrases.
Democrat Ashley Bennett, a first-time candidate who was angered by Republican John Carman’s remarks, defeated him Tuesday as he tried to win a second time period as an Atlantic County freeholder. The board oversees authorities in Atlantic County, a area of about 275,000 folks that features the struggling Atlantic City seaside playing resort.
“Ashley Bennett’s victory proved that democracy works best when ordinary people speak out, vote, and run for office,” stated Caseen Gaines, who serves as her communications director. “Ashley is looking forward to restoring dignity to the freeholder seat, and doing all she can to help strengthen Atlantic County’s crumbling economy, reverse the uptick in foreclosures, and improve access to medical badistance for those in need. She is ready to put in the hours to improve the lives of everyone in her district — and she doesn’t plan on making it home in time to cook dinner any time soon.”
Prior to the election, Bennett had famous how the meme impressed her candidacy.
“I was angry about (the Facebook meme), because elected officials shouldn’t be on social media mocking and belittling people who are expressing their concerns about their community and the nation,” stated the 32-year-old Bennett, an Egg Harbor Township resident who works as a psychiatric emergency screener within the disaster division at Cape Regional Hospital.
Bennett plans to deal with financial growth points, noting the necessity to badist lower- and fixed-income residents who could also be struggling to maintain their houses and the 1000’s of individuals left unemployed as some Atlantic City casinos closed.
Carman stated the meme was “a bad choice,” however that the ladies in his life had been “strong and confident” sufficient to not be offended by his joke. He apologized a couple of days later, saying it was an error in judgment.
Carman drew extra consideration final month for carrying a bike jacket with a patch containing a Confederate flag. He stated the patch had been on the jacket for years and did not have racial overtones. The 58-year-old Carman apologized to anybody who felt offended.
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