One week ago, we reached out to U.S. Senate candidate Rikin Mehta and asked him about a video published by his senior campaign staffer, which he and a few college buddies were throwing around the N-word. That video went viral and Mehta staffer Brandon Kubinak was later expelled from Monmouth University.
The video went viral…around the world viral. When Kubinak made Buzzfeed, it was all over.
Since our original story, we reached out to NJ GOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt and Monmouth County GOP Chairman Shaun Golden for comment. Both ignored our request for comment.
We asked Rik Mehta to comment on his staffer’s bad judgment via Facebook. Mehta blocked us on Facebook and never responded.
This week, we’ll be reaching out to all of the GOP chairmen whose organizations endorsed Mehta for comment and RNC Chairman William Palatucci and RNC Chairwoman Ginny Haines, 92. We’ll also reach out to the NAACP for comment and see what happens.
If Mehta can’t clean racism out of his own closet, how can any sensible Republican expect him to get any votes in New Jersey’s urban areas and African American communities? At this point, with that sort of racist undertone to his campaign, it’s doubtful that any real Republican will vote for Mehta as race politics and racism is a trait of the Democrat party, not the Republican party.
Last week, both of Mehta’s opponents, Tricia Flanagan and Hirsh Singh condemned the staffer’s video and criticized Mehta for trying to push the matter to the back of the bus.
— Scharina (@itsxxscharina) May 21, 2019