Cape May County Republicans are no longer supporting Brian McDowell because a video surfaced in which he made lewd remarks to a woman, but the Assembly candidate responded with a blasphemous defense of his ‘mistake.’
The party leaders pulled support from the South Jersey GOP candidate after the 10 second clip showed the unmarried 41-year-old telling a woman in a bar “you should fuck me.”
McDowell, who was fired by Donald Trump on his show The Apprentice 12 years ago — about the same time an ex-girlfriend filed a restraining order against the candidate — was endorsed for Assembly in what was supposed to be one of the most competitive districts in the state.
McDowell, a North Wildwood real estate broker, is running to represent the First Legislative District, which spans Cape May and parts of Atlantic and Cumberland County. Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak and R. Bruce Land, the incumbents in the district, are seeking re-election.
His remarks were first reported by Politico.
“Let me tell you right now,” the candidate, Brian McDowell, said at a Wildwood bar, slurring his words, to a woman who is partially visible in the frame. “You should fuck me. It would really be good. Listen, you never know.”
McDowell said the woman in the video is a friend of but he did not reveal her identity and she has not come forward to vindicate his account of the incident, although there is no indication she took offense to the proposition.
The video was filmed in a bar in Wildwood, and the candidate clearly appears intoxicated as he stumbles slightly and slurs his words, but there does not appear to be anything illegal going on and McDowell said he won’t end his campaign because of it.
“There are human errors and even Jesus dropped the cross three times,” McDowell said. “I’m not running to be the pope. I’m running to make New Jersey more affordable.”
Republicans can only stop McDowell, a former contestant on The Apprentice, from being nominated as a New Jersey Assembly candidate by waging a write-in campaign in the June 6 primary.
Cape May County Republicans also also expressed concern over McDowell’s past, but he dismissed worries about a restraining order filed by an ex-girlfriend.
“Back about 12 years ago, maybe 14 years ago, I proposed to my ex-girlfriend on a SEPTA bus in Philadelphia. She didn’t like that. She considered it harassment,” McDowell said. “She filed a restraining order against me. It was later dismissed and we went on to have two kids together in a relationship that lasted 10 years.”
A press release from the candidate said, “In 2005, Brian was selected by President Donald J. Trump to be featured on the hit NBC-TV Show, The Apprentice. Brian has been a close ally and supporter of the Trump Campaign ever since, working on the primary campaign in Florida, staffing a phone center in Iowa; and in Aug., 2016, appointed the Cape May County Republican Coordinator for the Presidential Election in support of Donald J. Trump.”
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