Mitchell To Froehlich: Repudiate Running Mate

LINDEN—Charles Mitchell called on Sheriff Ralph Froehlich to disown the Linden politician who attempted to bribe his opponent to drop out of the campaign.

“As a law enforcement officer, I believe it is appropriate for my opponent to wash his hands of any unethical and criminal associates such as the Linden councilman who offered a bribe,” said Mitchell, the Democrat who is running for Sheriff in the June 8 primary election.

Councilman Gene Davis offered his opponent, Rhashonna Cosby-Hurling, a future appointment to his seat in exchange for her current bid for the seat. A recording of that offer is at

“Bribery is a crime that can no longer be tolerated among political insiders and I am calling on Mr. Froehlich to demonstrate some integrity,” said Mitchell. “I am eager to know why there has not been some action by law enforcement authorities, such as the County Prosecutor or Attorney General’s office,” said Mitchell.

“We expect an arrest when there is probable cause, such as the compelling evidence against Councilman Davis, who tried to barter his own office much the same way former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich tried to sell the US Senate seat,” he said.

Davis is running on Column A with Froehlich as part of the Regular Political Organization of Union County slate. Mitchell and Cosby-Hurling are running as Democrats for Change on Column B in the June 8 Democratic primary election.

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